The Arizona Department of Education is focused on the importance of teaching children to read. It is important to continue this focus into the secondary classroom, including middle school and high school. In short, literacy instruction remains every bit as important in the older grades, as it is in grades K-3. The resources provided here are meant to assist secondary (6th-12th) ELA educators and parents in providing the best instruction for all Arizona students.
Educators have a responsibility to diversify the representation in the texts that students read in their classrooms. There is a world of diverse texts available that will give a broader viewpoint of the world as well as allow for and celebrate greater representation. Each of the books in the chart provided here feature protagonists and characters that are a part of underrepresented groups. There are also non-fiction texts that represent diverse voices and diverse perspectives of history. Additionally, there are resources to help educators diversify their curriculum.
"Diverse Texts - Creating a More Inclusive Curriculum" Webinar - Come join me as we discuss how to use this guidance and why diverse texts are so important. Recorded webinar will be available this summer after all live sessions have completed. Click here to register for a live webinar!
Special Presentation - "Diverse Texts in the Classroom" - In this webinar, a panel of secondary ELA educators will present strategies and resources that they use in their own classrooms and schools to share and celebrate diverse texts and voices. We will also discuss how to use these strategies and ADE’s Diverse Texts guidance to make inclusive curriculum choices in your own classroom. You don’t want to miss this exciting session where you will walk away with amazing resources and knowledge! Click here to register for this special presentation!
(Archived) Special Presentation - "A Face Like Mine: Connecting Classic Literature to Modern YA Books" - On 2/11/21, a panel of high school librarians discussed ways to incorporate modern diverse YA books in with teaching classic literature in the classroom, including books on mental health, LGBTQ representation, the importance of #OwnVoices, and the significance of book covers showing “a face like mine.” Click here to view the presentation
"Fostering Independent Reading with Inclusive Books: A Webinar with Julia Torres" - The Central Arizona Writing Project and Department of English at Arizona State University present activist educator Julia Torres. Torres will discuss the ways teachers (K-University), parents, and community members may bring inclusive texts to the teaching and reading in their classrooms, libraries, curriculum, homes, and community spaces. “Fostering Independent Reading with Inclusive Books” is in an online event on Thursday, May 6th at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time* (4:30 p.m. PDT / 5:30 p.m. MDT / 7:30 p.m. EDT). The conversation with Torres will be facilitated by ASU's Jessica Early, professor and director of the English Education program. Register here
(Archived) "Día De Los Niños / Día De Los Libros" - Presented by the Department of English at ASU. "Our theme this year is Celebration of Youth, Languages, Literacies and Cultures - this event was held FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021. There was an amazing lineup of children and young adult authors who addressed students and teachers, including Jewell Parker Rhodes, Matt Mendez, Matt de la Peña, Tae Keller, and Kekla Magoon. Teachers will also have access to plenty of pre-recorded workshops that they can access from various authors, illustrators and storytellers." Access the recording of the event and access the writing workshop videos.
Read Across America - Celebrate all year long! Create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers. This site has a ton of great diverse book recommendations for all ages NEA Read Across America
ADE's Equity Framework - The Arizona Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all Arizona students are provided the opportunity to succeed and reach their full academic potential. The department is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its policies, procedures, practices, and programs. ADE Equity Framework
Spring 2021 Secondary ELA Webinars on ADE EMS
Earn PD credit and collaborate with other secondary ELA teachers! A variety of topics including: reading comprehension, diverse texts, building background, virtual teaching, and more!
Reading Apprenticeship from WestEd - Arizona SEED Grant
Reading Apprenticeship is an evidence-based professional learning experience focused on disciplinary literacy. Educators are engaged in a process to discover the tools and perspective to “apprentice” their students in any subject area, including secondary ELA and other subjects. This assets-based approach helps teachers develop students’ comprehension skills while also building subject-area knowledge, reader-identity, collaboration, and persistence. As part of a federal SEED grant, WestEd will be offering the opportunity for Arizona teachers to participate in a summer Reading Apprenticeship essentials course with little to no cost.
Come attend an informational webinar to learn more about the Reading Apprenticeship framework and the course opportunity!!
This significantly updated edition of Reading for Understanding shows how teachers and students can work together to boost literacy, engagement, and achievement. Specifically, this book helps readers use the Reading Apprenticeship® framework to increase student engagement and academic achievement in subject area classes. Research has documented the effectiveness of Reading Apprenticeship for helping students gain the reading independence to master subject area course materials and other texts. This book is fantastic – you will walk away with so many strategies for boosting reading comprehension and literacy across the subject areas.
Session presentation: "A Face Like Mine," presented by Courtney Moss, Nicole Benson, and Lynn Trembley from Tolleson Union High School District
All About Adolescent Literacy - AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
Keys to Literacy Adolescent Literacy Resources - Joan Sedita of Keys to Literacy provides resources focused on adolescent literacy. Adolescent literacy encompasses the skills that must be taught to all students so they can meet increasingly challenging reading and writing demands as they move through the upper grades, as well as what needs to be done for those students who fall behind who may need intervention instruction in foundational literacy skills.
NCTE Bookstore, Adventurous Thinking: Fostering Students’ Rights to Read and Write in Secondary ELA
WestEd Publications, Reading for Understanding: How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms
WestEd Reading Apprenticeship - What if instead of teaching around the text, lecturing, or summarizing for students, teachers engaged students in actually grappling with text - reading and talking about what it means and how they figured it out? WestEd has provided resources and materials to teach reading in a metacognitive way.
National Novel Writing Month Young Writers’ Program – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place in November. The Young Writers’ Program supports under-18 writers and K-12 educators as they participate in the November event, and take part in smaller writing challenges year-round.
Scholastic, “17 Ways to Keep Your Middle Schooler Turning Pages” - As your kids get older, they may put reading on the back burner. Learn the best ways to keep them turning the pages with these helpful tips.
**The views and opinions expressed in any third-party resource do not necessarily reflect those of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and do not imply an endorsement by ADE.