The purpose of this page is to highlight journals and texts that may aid the teaching of reading (literacy) at the middle and secondary levels. Below, I have inserted a report, that you may find helpful, as an example . As one of your participation activities, you are to locate 1 resource (journal or text/report) and insert it, along with a brief description, into the table below. Note: you may not share a title that has previously been listed by your instructor or classmates.


Journal Title

Description of Journal

Text/Report Title

Description of Text/Report

Melissa Comer
The ALAN Review
This journal focuses on YAL, offering book reviews, teaching strategies, and research reports. It is endorsed by NCTE.
"10 Years of Research of Adolescent Literacy, 1994-2004: A Review"
This report reviews recent trends relating to adolescent literacy. It examines the impact of culture, interest, and academic capabilities on students' learning.

Suzy Hook
Journal of Adolescent
and Adult Literacy
This journal offers its readers topics
that include instructional practices,
methods of assessments and working
with students using mulitliteracies.
Preparing Content Area Teachers
for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction

Zhihui Zang
The article I have chosen explains the integration of literacy instruction anddisciplinary literacy instruction through a cohort approach and how teaching
this model to secondary education students could lead to improvements in
secondary education teacher preparation.

Hannah Kalbarczyk
Journal of Consumer Health on Internet
This journal covers fields of consumer health information, patient education, and health literacy.
"Reaching and Teaching Teens: Adolescent Health Literacy and the Internet.
This article describes teen who have basic or below basic health literacy skill so they are unable to discusses and understand health matters that may affect them. Teens tend to use their computer literacy to research topics they want to learn more about.
Chris Qualls
The English Journal
The English Journal falls under the umbrella of NCTE and covers information related to English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and middle school.
"Reading Democracy: Exploring Ideas That Matter with Middle Grade and Young Adult"

This article reflects on using young adult literature to engage high school students to not only read books but to read novels that assist in understanding Democratic and social responsibility.
Melissa Askins
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
This journal focuses on adolescent and mature literacy learners. The articles are peer reviewed and focus on researched classroom strategies.
"Scaffolded Silent Reading (ScSR): Advocating a Policy for Adolescents' Independent Reading"
This article addresses a possible solution for declining independent reading among adolescent readers. Karen Walker suggests the restructuring of secondary literacy programs to include ScSR to increase classroom independent reading, which would provide a structured, accountability component to independent reading. She provides steps for a successful implementation and mentions that district and school leaders must be supportive of ScSR to ensure its success.
International House Journal of education and development
This journal focuses on different teaching strategies that enhances the way teachers and students learn how to read and write english.
" Flipping the lesson in ELT" article talks about "flipping the lesson".
This teaching method states that teachers should switch the roles of classwork and homework in the classroom. For example, the introductory portion of a lesson that the class would spend time on in class reading about, taking notes on, or watching a video on should be done at home. This is so that the students can come to class the next day and be prepared to discuss it and do more practice on it with the teacher there to guide and scaffold where it is needed.
Parisa Radman
Journal of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
This Journal emphasizes developing communication process ( speaking, writing, reading, and listening in mathematics classes) to promote learning mathematics.
Using Communication to Develop Students' Mathematical Literacy

This article analyzes different factors that shows how communication-rich environments encourage students to reflect on their own thinking. It emphasizes that a well-balanced mathematics program should give students opportunities to develop skills in communication mathematically. One important point from this article:"Middle school students must build skills in evaluating the thinking of others in a mathematical community.This foundation is essential at the secondary level, where students can further develop the ability
to structure logical chains of thought, express themselves coherently and clearly, listen to the ideas of others, and think about their audience when they write or speak"
Allison Kopp
The Harvard Educational Review
This is an academic journal of opinion and research dealing with education.
"The Complex World of Adolescent Literacy: Myths, Motivations and Mysteries"
This article tackles prevailing myths regarding adolescents and their reading preferences. An urban community's reading habits are examined using various methods in an effort to define content, frequency and reasons adolescents choose to read. Researchers focus on the features of texts that youth find motivating and discover that reading and writing occur often in a wide range of literacy contexts outside of academic environments. However, independently reading novels is shown to positively impact academic achievement measured by school grades. This article also describes how adolescents read texts "embedded in social networks" allowing them to increase "social capital."
Drew DeLorenzo
Developmental Psychology, 2015, Vol. 51. (4), pp.447-458
This journal was published by the American Psychological Association. This journal is a peer-reviewed and focuses on the development of adolescents.
Early-Adolescents' Reading Comprehension and the Stability of the Middle School Classroom-Language Environment
The Article titled Early-Adolescents' Reading Comprehension and the Stability of the Middle School Classroom-Language Environment was a study that examined how a teacher's vocabulary can impact their students learning. The article argues that if a teacher can establish the use of high level of vocabulary inside the classroom that students would increase reading comprehension and test scores.
Allen Kittinger
The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
This is a peer-reviewed, online journal designed to enhance theories, research, and practices supporting YA library services.
Find Poetry: Using Found Poems in School and Public Libraries to Enhance Student Creativity and Writing

This article describes found poetry and its uses in augmenting YA literacy. It gives some examples and links found poetry to learning theory and cognitive development. This article is also a great help to teachers in that it provides examples of how to incorporate it into classrooms of many different subjects.
Seth Willoughby
The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
This article focuses on a study where students were interviewed on their thoughts of reading, writing, and literature.
Connecting Adolescents in Reading: Goals at the Middle Level
Farnan, N. (1996). Connecting Adolescents and Reading: Goals at the Middle Level. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 39(6), 436-445. Retrieved from

This article focuses in on the interviews of several students where they are asked what their views are on reading, writing, and literature. From these surveys, four goals were constructed:
- As readers, students will be active constructors of meaning, both individually and in structured settings
- Students will learn about themselves and others through a variety of genres and cultural perspectives
-Students will be strategic readers across a variety of genres and content areas
-Students will embrace reading as an enjoyable experience.
Melanie Burnette
Journal of Educational Psychology 2014, Vol. 106, No. 1, 1–17
The Journal of Educational Psychology is a peer reviewed academic journal. It is published by the American Psychological Association. The goal of the journal is to provide research for regarding education and development of all ages.
An Intervention to Improve Comprehension of Cause/Effect Through Expository Text Structure Instruction

This article provides research into a specific research method to reach young children with reading disabilities which have been deemed to be "at-risk." It supplies documentation on how using their method improves the reading comprehension.

The strategy included an significant emphasis on cause and effect relationships. The students learned how to identify the important information rather than useless information. It also included an emphasis on clue words and context clues. It used graphic organizers and generic questions to help the students fully comprehend the text. Finally there was an emphasis on text structure.
Justin Campbell
Journal:Reading and Writing 28.9 (2015): 1257-283. Print
This text focuses on collaborative strategic reading methods that share a relationship with activating prior knowledge, purpose for reading, and comprehension.
"The Efficacy of Collaborative Strategic Reading in Middle School Science and Social Studies Classes."
This method of teaching requires students to set a purpose for reading while also making predictions that can generate topical interest. After conducting the reading preview strategies, students locate words or ideas that they found unfamiliar. Breaking passages into sections is a crucial step in reading comprehension. Students also wrapped up ideas of the passage by asking their own text based questions.
Drew DeLorenzo