1st Edition

Tutoring Adolescent Literacy Learners
A Guide for Volunteers

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ISBN 9781593851293
Published April 6, 2005 by Guilford Press
176 Pages

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Book Description

Filling a key need among educators and literacy volunteers, this is the first hands-on guide for tutoring students with literacy difficulties in grades 6-12. Grounded in the most current literacy research, the book reflects the authors' 25+ years of combined experience working with tutoring programs. Every page features practical ideas for carrying out the entire process of tutoring: assessing teenagers' strengths, weaknesses, and interests; selecting appropriate, engaging materials; and fostering development in comprehension, word study, fluency, and composition. Special features include concrete examples and activities from over 20 tutors; a Q&A chapter on dealing with frequently encountered problems; and reproducible planning forms in a large, ready-to-use format.

Table of Contents

I. Getting Started
1. Contexts for Adolescent Literacy
2. Literacy Processes
3. Defining Your Role as Tutor
4. Assessing Your Tutee's Strengths, Needs, and Interests
II. Tutoring
5. Planning Your Tutoring Sessions
6. Selecting and Evaluating Materials for Tutoring
7. Tutoring Sessions on Comprehension
8. Tutoring Sessions on Writing
9. Tutoring Sessions on Word Study and Fluency
III. Follow-Up and Reflection
10. Dealing with Common Problems
11. Reflecting on Your Tutoring Experience
A. Recommended Resources
B. Blank Session Planning and Reflection Form
C. Sample Planning and Reflection Forms Completed by Tutors
D. Tips for Mentor Teachers Who Work with Tutors

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Kelly Chandler-Olcott, EdD, is Associate Professor in Syracuse University's Reading and Language Arts Center.

Kathleen A. Hinchman, PhD, is Professor in the Reading and Language Arts Center and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education at Syracuse University. A former middle school teacher, Dr. Hinchman teaches literacy methods courses and seminars. She is coeditor of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and has authored or edited several books, including Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, Second Edition, with Heather K. Sheridan-Thomas, and Adolescent Literacies, with Deborah A. Appleman. Her current scholarship explores policy implications of literacy-related secondary school reform and the use of formative design to explore alternative methods of adolescent literacy instruction.


"This unique book provides preservice teachers and literacy volunteers with many practical and theoretical insights that will enable them to work effectively with adolescents. The authors do an especially good job of portraying the 'feel' of working with adolescents. Promoting an atmosphere of respect for the learner, the book will motivate tutors by demonstrating what important work they can accomplish."--Francine R. Johnston, EdD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The language and style of this book will make it very appealing as a manual for a volunteer tutoring program or as a supplemental text. The book is accessible and user-friendly, and tutors will appreciate the wealth of specific suggestions and activities that they can easily put into practice. The authors have eloquently met their goal of providing tutors--even those with little teaching experience or background--with research-based tools for meeting the needs of struggling adolescent literacy learners."--Deborah Gee Woo, EdM, Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

"From nationally recognized, highly respected literacy researchers who have both facilitated tutoring programs at their university, this book really anticipates the reader's experiences and needs. Lessons from research are artfully interwoven with sensible instructional practices in every chapter. I chuckled as I read each question and answer in the chapter on dealing with common problems, because these are the same issues my own preservice teacher/tutors bring to me every day. There is nothing in this text that is not useful!"--Gay Ivey, PhD, Reading Education Program, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

"Outstanding. This book is by far the best and most useful 'roadmap' and 'travel guide' for a literacy tutor--whether a community volunteer, service-learning student, or preservice teacher--that I have encountered in my 12 years of training hundreds of literacy tutors. The integration of theory and practice occurs so painlessly throughout the book that any reader will have a well-deserved sense of confidence when tutoring, no matter how new the situation, setting, or tutee."--Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service, Syracuse University

"This step-by-step guidebook will help tutors become the powerful instructional assistants that teachers, parents, and students need them to be. Tutors will learn to create effective lesson plans, as the book provides research-based instructional practices for reading, writing, and vocabulary development, and offers an array of assessment strategies. Middle and high school English teachers will gladly hand this book to anyone who is tutoring their students, and tutors will quickly thank them. This roadmap to successful tutoring is long overdue."--Kylene Beers, EdD, School Development Program, Yale University