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6th Edition

Disciplinary and Content Literacy for Today's Adolescents
Honoring Diversity and Building Competence

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ISBN 9781462530083
Published May 30, 2017 by Guilford Press
430 Pages


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Book Description

Well established as a clear, comprehensive course text in five prior editions, this book has now been extensively revised, with a focus on disciplinary literacy. It offers a research-based framework for helping students in grades 6–12 learn to read, write, and communicate academic content and to develop the unique literacy, language, and problem-solving skills required by the different disciplines. In an engaging, conversational style, William G. Brozo presents effective instruction and assessment practices. Special attention is given to adaptations to support diverse populations, including English language learners. Pedagogical features include chapter-opening questions plus new case studies, classroom dialogues, practical examples, sample forms, and more. (Prior edition title: Content Literacy for Today's Adolescents, Fifth Edition.)

New to this Edition:
*Incorporates a decade of research, current standards, and the latest concepts and practices related to disciplinary literacy.
*Chapter on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
*Expanded coverage of the use of technology and multiple text sources, such as graphic novels and digital texts.
*Increased attention to academic vocabulary and language.

Table of Contents

1. Adolescent Literacies and Identities Inside and Outside of School
2. Building Literacy Competence across the Disciplines for Diverse Learners
3. Practices for Expanding Text Comprehension
4. Assessment for Literacy Growth and Disciplinary Learning
5. Creating Motivating Contexts for Literacy and Learning
6. Developing Academic Vocabulary Knowledge
7. Writing to Learn in the Disciplines
8. Reading and Learning from Multiple Sources
9. Strategic Literacy and Learning Processes References

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William G. Brozo, PhD, is Professor of Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. A former secondary school teacher, he is the author of numerous articles and books on the literacy development of children and adolescents, and is a contributing author to iLit, a digital intervention program for struggling readers. Dr. Brozo has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and authored the “Strategic Moves” column for the international journal Thinking Classroom and the “Content Literacy” column for The Reading Teacher. He is a past member of the Commission on Adolescent Literacy and the Adolescent Literacy Committee of the International LiteracyAssociation (ILA), as well as past chair of the ILA's PISA/PIRLS Task Force.


"This book offers an expansive, inclusive discussion of teaching disciplinary and content-area literacy to adolescents in the 21st century. Brozo provides teachers with a range of tools for working with culturally and linguistically diverse youth. His attention to adolescents' identities will help teachers engage students who have a range of abilities, needs, and interests. By grounding instructional examples within the disciplines, Brozo demonstrates what responsive literacy practices look like and what makes them unique in different academic contexts. This is a great text for a master's-level content-area/disciplinary literacy course. Students will benefit from the examples of practice in action, and will see what it means to do this kind of work well."--Leigh A. Hall, PhD, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The book is important because it challenges our assumptions and biases toward today’s culturally and linguistically diverse students. The students sitting in our classes are different than they were a few years ago, and understanding these critical differences will help position us to become better educators. You have to know kids to teach kids, and Brozo’s provocative book helped me to get to know my students in ways that will certainly elevate their literacy skills."--Kelly Gallagher, MA, English teacher, Magnolia High School, Anaheim Union High School District, California

"At a time when teaching disciplinary and content literacy is being promoted as one way to close the so-called achievement gap for youth--especially underserved youth--this book is timely. Brozo weaves together personal stories, case studies, and various literacy-related scenarios in an intellectually stimulating and engaging manner. He brings these elements and his extensive research full circle by inviting the reader to reflect, raise questions, and discuss multiple teaching strategies. I plan to adopt this text for my Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Methods course, which is required for our preservice teachers seeking New York State professional certification. This is the perfect resource to help preservice teachers develop practices and strategies to enhance secondary students' academic achievement.”--Fenice B. Boyd, PhD, Department of Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York