This is the first tutoring manual to respond to the needs of educators and literacy volunteers, addressing the growing problem of teen literacy difficulties, especially in grades 6-12, and considers the needs of English language learners. Using research-based strategies and examples from over twenty tutors in the field, this book offers practical ideas for carrying out the entire process of tutoring by: * assessing the strengths, weaknesses and interests of the tutee * selecting appropriate and engaging materials * promoting the development in comprehension, word study, fluency and composition. Featuring ready-to-use reproducible activities; a Q&A section for common problems faced; and written in a clear, friendly style; this book makes a very useful tool for educators and anyone faced with improving the literacy levels amongst teenagers.
"This unique book provides preservice teachers and literacy volunteers with many practical and theoretical insights that will enable them to work effectively with adolescents. The authors do an especially good job of portraying the 'feel' of working with adolescents. Promoting an atmosphere of respect for the learner, the book will motivate tutors by demonstrating what important work they can accomplish."--Francine R. Johnston, EdD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"The language and style of this book will make it very appealing as a manual for a volunteer tutoring program or as a supplemental text. The book is accessible and user-friendly, and tutors will appreciate the wealth of specific suggestions and activities that they can easily put into practice. The authors have eloquently met their goal of providing tutors--even those with little teaching experience or background--with research-based tools for meeting the needs of struggling adolescent literacy learners."--Deborah Gee Woo, EdM, Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"From nationally recognized, highly respected literacy researchers who have both facilitated tutoring programs at their university, this book really anticipates the reader's experiences and needs. Lessons from research are artfully interwoven with sensible instructional practices in every chapter. I chuckled as I read each question and answer in the chapter on dealing with common problems, because these are the same issues my own preservice teacher/tutors bring to me every day. There is nothing in this text that is not useful!"--Gay Ivey, PhD, Reading Education Program, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
"Outstanding. This book is by far the best and most useful 'roadmap' and 'travel guide' for a literacy tutor--whether a community volunteer, service-learning student, or preservice teacher--that I have encountered in my 12 years of training hundreds of literacy tutors. The integration of theory and practice occurs so painlessly throughout the book that any reader will have a well-deserved sense of confidence when tutoring, no matter how new the situation, setting, or tutee."--Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service, Syracuse University
"This step-by-step guidebook will help tutors become the powerful instructional assistants that teachers, parents, and students need them to be. Tutors will learn to create effective lesson plans, as the book provides research-based instructional practices for reading, writing, and vocabulary development, and offers an array of assessment strategies. Middle and high school English teachers will gladly hand this book to anyone who is tutoring their students, and tutors will quickly thank them. This roadmap to successful tutoring is long overdue."--Kylene Beers, EdD, School Development Program, Yale University