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Missing in Action: Learning from Texts in Subject Matter Classrooms

Adolescent Literacies: A Handbook of Practice-Based Research explores innovative ways that educators are using a variety of multimodal texts and reviews a range of pedagogical approaches. In their chapter titled “Missing in Action: Learning from texts in subject matter classrooms,” SLI Co-Director Cynthia Greenleaf and co-author Sheila Valencia argue that reading itself is missing in secondary subject area classrooms. Educators have more texts in use now, but they are still doing the hard work of comprehension and synthesis instead of their students. The chapter presents a set of teacher planning and implementation routines to address the problem. Greenleaf and Valencia posit that we, as a field, have the knowledge to solve the problem of the MIA text, bringing texts and reading into the heart of student learning.

AUTHORS
Cynthia Greenleaf, Sheila Valencia
Adolescent Literacies: A Handbook of Practice-Based Research, edited by Kathleen Hinchman, Deborah Appleman
$63.75, 501 pages, The Guilford Press, 2016

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