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2016 Adolescent Literacy Institute: Home

A collection of resources from presenters at the 10th Annual Adolescent Summer Literacy Institute.

Teaching Adolescents to Read Complex Text Building Skills and Motivation

July 6-8, 2015

This 3 day interactive institute is designed for teachers, reading specialists, coaches, librarians, and supervisors. This workshop is not to be missed! 

With the implementation of the Common Core Standards, deep reading of more complex text has become the focus of classroom reading instruction. This workshop will examine instructional strategies and activities that are designed to increase the older learner's comprehension of difficult text. Multiple ways to integrate high-quality Young Adult literature to motivate students will also be presented.



Experiencing Guided Inquiry --

Yvonne Roux

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading

Kathy Blasko

Complex YA Award Winners -- The Elf on the Shelf --

Marie Donnantuono

Integrating LBGTQ Literature and Bullying

Ellen Pozzi 

Setting Schema to Strengthen Arguments --

Chrystena Hahn 


Todd Strasser

Todd Strasser's PowerPoint

Todd Strasser, July 11, 2016

The Institute includes a presentation by young adult author, Todd Strasser. Mr. Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can't Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, The Wave, Famous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. His books for middle graders include Abe Lincoln for Class President, Byte Barkley: Secret agent K-9, Don't Get Caught in the Girls' Locker Room, Grizzly Attack, and the best-selling 17-book Help! I'm Trapped in series. His most recent novel for grades 5 and up, FALLOUT, received a stellar review in the NY Times.

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Yvonne Roux