Shifting to New Concepts in Literacy

Fall grants 2015 Shifting to a NEW LiteracyHEF is partnering with the Hopkins School District to send nine teachers to train next summer in successful research-based adolescent literacy education for junior high and high school students. These teachers will in turn train others in the District in these ‘best practices’.

Instead of teaching literary constructs and themes using long novels that do not always resonate with adolescent readers, this method uses a wide variety of shorter readings that center around an exploration or question, such as empathy, moral choices, context, etc.. With this method, students remain more engaged, and deeper concepts will be absorbed in the same amount of time.

Awarded Fall 2015
Hopkins High School, North and West Junior Highs
Submitters: Jennifer Behnke, Ann Brustuen


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