"The expanding literacy demands placed upon young people at the beginning of the 21st century include more reading and writing tasks than at any other time in human history".
International Reading Association
Middle school educators are in the difficult position of realizing the importance of literacy skills for students as they prepare for high school, and grappling with the difficulties of motivating these young teens.
Ohio Reading Road Trip is based on the best methods developed by reading/writing workshops to fully engage students in reading and writing in meaningful ways. These methods were popularized by Nanci Atwell in her book, In the Middle, New Understandings About Writing, Reading and Learning.
In addition to Ohio Reading Road Trip lessons, CD and video, the web site offers these links to support middle school language arts teachers.
Making Meaning in Literature, an Annenberg/CPB project.
"What Our Action Research Tells Us About How To Improve Literacy." MetLife Fellows, Teachers Network Policy Institute.
"Grappling with the Big Issues in Middle Grades Literacy Education." Donna E. Alvermann, University of Georgia, Research Professor in Literacy Education. Keynote Address, National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board's Conference on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Middle Grades: Linking Research and Practice, Washington, D.C., July 24-25, 2000.
Reading Strategies: Annotated Bibliography.
"Teaching Readers Who Struggle: A Pragmatic Middle School Framework." Ash, Gwynne Ellen. March 2002. Reading Online, 5(7).
Web watch: Internet resources to assist teachers with struggling readers. D. Johnson. April 2001. Reading Online, 4(9).
Descriptions of and links to websites related to literacy learning, and annotated lists of literacy-related websites structured around specific themes are presented in The Electronic Classroom.
"How Are Schools Improving Literacy?" Rachel Glass Fairchild
"Teacher's Challenge." Rosemarye Taylor. Journal of Staff Development. Fall 2001. (Vol. 22, No. 4) National Staff Development Council, 2001.
"Professional Development for Literacy: Building a Community of Readers."
Jane Braunger. June 2003. NMSA Middle Matters Online.
"Best Teaching Practice in the Middle Grades."
"Everything I Know About Teaching Language Arts I Learned at the Office Supply Store." Kathleen O'Shaughnessy.
The National Writing Project has additional articles supporting teachers in language arts.