Reading and Writing for Their Lives: An Integrated Approach

60 Minutes

All too often students believe that reading and writing are not for them. As a result, their literacy muscles atrophy. While it is not within a teacher’s power to pry smartphones from students’ hands, we can create classroom environments where reading and writing are geared towards achieving students’ own ends. By igniting interest in culturally responsive texts and inviting students to respond with powerful prompts, engagement soars. Exercising their literacy muscles, students develop both confidence and competence as readers and writers.

In this recorded edWebinar, viewers will learn strategies for:

  • Fostering independence while scaffolding instruction for hesitant students
  • Selecting culturally responsive readings
  • Embedding social-emotional learning (SEL) in literacy lessons
  • Helping students become invested in their own writing
  • Choosing contemporary books to pique student interest

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the middle and high school levels.

About the Presenter

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school in California public schools for 32 years and is Associate Director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English and as Chair of the College Board’s English Academic Advisory committee. Carol is a consulting author to HMH Into Reading, a K-6 reading program, and HMH Into Literature, a 6-12 literature program, along with numerous previous programs.

In 2015, Carol was awarded the International Literacy Association’s Adolescent Literacy Thought Leader Award and in 2016 the CEL Exemplary Leadership Award. In 2020, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Association of Teachers of English. Carol has served on the National Assessment Governing Board overseeing the NAEP assessments and is incoming President of International Literacy Association’s Adolescent Literacy group.