A Strategic Approach to Adolescent Literacy: A Diagnosis and Prescription for Students with Reading Deficits
The purpose of this paper is to explore the reasons that older students have not reached an age-appropriate level of reading and to collectively assemble and briefly summarize a small inventory of techniques that are adolescent specific and have been proven to close the gap between the struggling reader and their non-struggling peers. The paper concludes with a summary of the attributes of a proactive stance towards reading instruction and how our attitudes towards older students and reading instruction must be flexible. Allowances must be made for those adolescent students who have not mastered the basic reading fundamentals. Utilization of the varied and vast supply of resources is the first step in reducing the numbers of adolescent students who are poor readers.