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Resource roundup: Supporting student literacy at the secondary level

Resource roundup: Secondary literacy

By Joni Wackwitz
October 28, 2019

As students move into the upper grades, reading difficulties pose increasingly critical problems. Browse this collection of resources from the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) network and the What Works Clearinghouse to support students’ reading and writing skills at the secondary level.

Resources from the REL network

This REL Southwest infographic presents three evidence-based recommendations for supporting students’ reading development in middle school and high school [67 KB PDF icon ]. For those who want to dig deeper, a related Ask A REL reference desk response rounds up the research on adolescent reading interventions.

To strengthen students’ reading comprehension, explore this REL Southeast review of 20 years of research on adolescent reading comprehension instructional practices. Each study included was rated using the What Works Clearinghouse standards.

If you’re interested in the impact of literature discussion circles, this Ask A REL reference desk response from REL Southwest addresses the topic at several grade levels, including the use of reader response in secondary settings to increase comprehension through meaningful interactions with literary texts.

For insight into the link between culturally responsive instruction, literacy development, and success in higher education and the workforce, view this REL Northeast & Islands webinar. Experts discuss how culturally responsive instruction is essential to literacy development and college and career readiness.

This roadmap [756 KB PDF icon ] and related video from REL Southeast provide resources to guide state and local education agencies in implementing evidence-based literacy practices in classrooms at all levels.

Practice guides from the What Works Clearinghouse

Improve secondary students’ reading ability with the classroom strategies and interventions in this What Works Clearinghouse practice guide. Designed for teachers and specialists, the strategies help students gain more from reading tasks and assist struggling readers who need intensive support.

Then explore the recommendations and classroom strategies in this What Works Clearinghouse practice guide to teach secondary students to write effectively. The guide is designed for teachers and administrators in all disciplines.

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Joni Wackwitz

Senior Communications Specialist | REL Midwest


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