Below is a tentative course calendar. Note: it is a growing organism and may change based upon the needs of the class. Any changes will be announced via email, the Announcements page of the wiki, or through the Remind text messaging system.

*See Course Materials page for more resources.


Session Focus


One (face-to face)
Introduction to Adolescent Literacy, Literacy Types, Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and Content Literacy
1. Course overview: Wiki perusal, syllabus discussion, introductions, course requirements (assignments, class participation)
2. Characteristics of adolescents (see Adolescents' Ages & Stages)
3. Literacy defined & types of literacy (see Literacy Types)
4. Adolescent literacy (see Prezi at
5. Content literacy (see, Content Literacy and Content Literacy Strategies)
6. Popular literacy theories (see Prezi at
7. CCSS (see )
8. Secondary Reading Literature: An Intro to Reading & Writing

Participation Activities & Assignments: Knowledge Rating Chart (see Knowledge Rating Chart, Reader Interest Survey (see Survey), Types of Literacy Overview Literacy Types Note: Due by 11:00 p.m. on 6/7/17
Two (online)
Literacy and the Adolescent Learner
1. Factors that influence literacy (interest, motivation, cognitive ability)
2. Assessing motivation to read
3. Key literacy component: vocabulary
4. What content-area teachers should know about adolescent literacy
5. Characteristics of adolescent learners

Participation Activities & Assignments: Quiz 1 (Click here or on the link on the Quiz page of course wiki; to be completed by 11:00 p.m. 6/10/17)
Three (online)
Literacy Struggles & Teaching Reading
1. Characteristics of adolescents who struggle (What content teachers, ALL teachers, need to know about struggling adolescents)
2. Three dimensions of literacy
3. The Reading Process
  • See Stages in the Reading Process here or on the Course Materials page on course wiki)
3. Key literacy component: comprehension

Participation Activities & Assignments: Text-based response questions (click here)
*Email text-based response questions to Dr. Comer at

Text-based questions to be completed by 11:00 p.m. 6/14/17.
Four (online)
Instructional Practices that Support Adolescent Literacy (plus motivation)
1. Effective literacy instruction.
2. Factors that motivate adolescents to read
  • Factors Affecting Adolescents' Motivation to Read (Research Report) click here
3. Instructional strategies that motivate adolescent readers
5. Key literacy component: comprehension
  • See various comprehension strategies on Course Materials course wiki page
  • Live Binder "Reading Strategies for Adolescents" click here

Participation Activities & Assignments: Text-based response questions (click here ) & Professional journal and text description (click here)

*Email text-based response questions to Dr. Comer at

Both are to be completed by 11:00 p.m. 6/19/17
Five (online)
Expository Text Characteristics & Challenges
1. Types of text (narrative & expository)
2. Expository Text Structures
3. Challenges adolescents face with comprehension
4. Key Literacy Component: Comprehension Activities (Carousal, Think-pair-share, T-chart, Exclusion Brainstorming)

Participation Activities & Assignments: Quiz 2 click here or on the Quiz 2 link on the Quiz page of the course wiki (must be completed by 11:00 p.m. on 6/23/17)
Six (online)
Young Adult Literature
1. Young adult literature (characteristics, history, genres, and more)
2. Censorship of young adult literature (YAL)
3. Activities for teaching YAL (key literacy component: comprehension)
4. YAL book podcasts

Participation Activities & Assignments: Digital Book Trailer (must be completed by 11:00 p.m. on 6/26/17; link should be posted on the Book Trailers page; scroll to the bottom for the chart where you insert your name and the link)
Seven (face-to-face)
Activating Schema: Pre-Learning Strategies,
Building Vocabulary Skills (Guidelines for Effective Vocabulary Instruction)
Building Comprehension Skills
1. Schema (see Schema Activation)
2. Pre-learning strategies
3. During learning strategies
4. Post learning strategies
5. Key literacy components: vocabulary, comprehension, listening, digital literacy
6. Guidelines for Effective Vocabulary Instruction
7. "Ordeal by Cheque"
8. Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 explorations & creations (to be completed by 11:00 p.m. on 6/27/17)
Eight (online)
Adolescents & Writing
Course Wrap-up
1. Writing in secondary level grades
2. Writing activities involving technology (Twitter summaries, Ebay ads, Bookemon, and more)

3. Visit for various writing strategies
4. The Writing Process
5. Writing Types (Writing & CCSS)
6. Writing Across the Curriculum

Participation Activities & Assignments: Cross-curricular Project (Live Binder) (must be completed by 11:00 p.m. on 6/30/17)
Web Resources (to be completed by 11:00 p.m. on 7/06/17)