Building Academic Literacy: Lessons from Reading Apprenticeship Classrooms, Grades 6 12, features pieces by five middle and high school teachers working with the Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework introduced in Reading for Understanding (Schoenbach et al., Jossey–Bass, 1999). Filled with instructional tips, lesson plans, and curriculum resources, this book offers guidance on conducting Academic Literacy courses using readings from the companion student book Building Academic Literacy: An Anthology for Reading Apprenticeship (Fielding and Schoenbach, Jossey–Bass, 2003). It can serve as an excellent resource for any content area teacher, grades 6 12, looking for classroom–based ideas to motivate adolescents in becoming more active, engaged and strategic readers.
"Whenever we read books about teaching, we ask ourselves, ‘But what does that look like in the classroom?’ Building Academic Literacy: Lessons from Reading Apprenticeship Classrooms answers the question of what ‘Academic Literacy’ is, why it matters, and how teachers can develop these key intellectual habits in their students. This book, and its companion anthology, provide me the guidance and resources that I need."
Jim Burke, author, The Reader’s Handbook and The English Teacher’s Companion
"Following close upon the heels of the widely acclaimed book Reading for Understanding, this new two–volume companion set, Building Academic Literacy: An Anthology for Reading Apprenticeship and Building Academic Literacy: Lessons from Reading Apprenticeship Classrooms, is certain to propel Academic Literacy as a course of study into increasingly more middle and high school classrooms."
Donna Alvermann, professor of education, University of Georgia and past president, International Reading Association
1. Supporting Adolescent Readers: An Introduction to the Academic Literacy Course and the Reading Apprenticeship Framework (Ruth Schoenbach).
2. A Really Good Conversation : Engaging Students in Working with Texts (Daniel Moulthrop).
3. Awakening the Reader Within (Lisa Messina, Elizabeth Baker).
4. The Voice Inside Your Head Asks, Are You Comprehending? (Carolyn Orta).
5. Creating a Reading Apprenticeship Classroom (Amy Smith).
6. Designing an Effective Academic Literacy Course (Ruth Schoenbach).
Appendix A: Academic Literacy Four–Unit Curriculum Matrix.
Appendix B: Academic Literacy Course Time Line: Embedding Routines Across the Year.
Appendix C: Academic Literacy in English: Course Description.
Appendix D: Academic Literacy, Unit Three: Reading History.
Appendix E: Student Reading Survey.
Appendix F: Academic Literacy Student Competencies.
Appendix G: Degrees of Reading Power Test of Reading Comprehension.
Appendix H: Degrees of Reading Power Readability Index for Anthology Selections.
About the Authors.
About the Sponsor.
Audrey Fielding is a consultant with the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd and the Bay Area Writing Program.
Ruth Schoenbach is codirector of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd.
Marean Jordan is director of Professional Development of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd.