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It's Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late

Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy

By Janet Allen
Foreword by Tom Romano

Anyone working with "at risk" students—those for whom school has not been a place of success—will find in this book a reflection of their own experiences, plus thoughtful and creative strategies for making those experiences positive ones.

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    Any teacher of general English could read It's Never Too Late and know that he or she is definitely not alone.
    —English Journal
It's Never Too Late is a research chronicle that offers not only proven methods but also inspiration. Anyone working with "at risk" students—those for whom school has not been a place of success—will find here a reflection of their own experiences, plus thoughtful and creative strategies for making those experiences positive ones.

When Janet Allen, a respected lecturer, researcher, and award-winning teacher, began teaching in 1972, she was wholly unprepared for the challenges she encountered: motivating the unmotivated, developing a curriculum with no models to draw from, building an environment that supported strategic learning, finding creative resources with limited means, and dealing with reluctant, even rebellious students. More daunting, perhaps, was the challenge of constantly rekindling her own fervor for teaching. But she persevered and found ways to break through those obstacles.

It's Never Too Late is at once a story and a "how to" book. Readers will find absorbing case studies, photographs, quotes from educators, surveys, activities, and step by-step strategies for teaching reading and writing to the most reluctant middle and secondary school students. Most important, they will find affirmation for the powerful role they play as teachers.

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Contents

Contents:
1. The View in the Rearview Mirror
2. New Understanding—Same Challenges
3. Creating a Literate Environment
4. Meeting the Students Where They Are
5. Voices Within and Without
6. The World Is Our Textbook
7. Supporting Real Choices
8. Going Around the Edges
9. "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times . . ."
10. "That One Wonder of a Child . . ."
11. Living a Meaningful Life
Appendixes:
A. Research Methodology
B. Surveys
C. Assessment: Samples of Assessment/Evaluation Prompts
D. Students as Researchers: Student-Generated Reading Interview Survey