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Getting ready for middle and high school reading

Middle- and high schoolers interpret, analyze, and discuss more-advanced texts. Here are the tools they'll need to succeed.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Beyond the basics

Just as middle-schoolers must adjust to juggling multiple classes and more difficult assignments, they must also adapt their reading skills. Science, social studies, and English each have their own vocabulary and structure, and students need to move from answering simple questions about content and plot to reading longer, more complex texts that require gathering and analyzing information. According to "Why the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy Demands a National Response," a 2006 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education: "To succeed in high school and beyond, students must become chameleons, able to adapt to a range of academic contexts, each of which requires its own set of literacy skills."

Comments from readers

"As a high school teacher and mother of 3 who have ventured through and into college successfully, I learned the ONLY way for this kind of skill building to happen is if they are taught and then coached on how to use basic independent reading tools. Content area teachers have not been trained at middle/high levels to do this. Only kids who take AP classes will naturally begin using these types of tools. A teacher in our district created a video series that is free on youtube that uses real students introducing skills. "