Creating Conditions for Literate Engagement: Teaching, Learning, and Acting in the World

Leslie David Burns, Amber Faris, Flor Melino, Wendy Turner, Abigail Wheatley

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The authors illustrate how literacy and language arts teachers work with students to help them act and engage as agents in and beyond school. The authors demonstrate how teachers design environments for learning and practice and how young people use resulting skills and motivations intentionally as a result of their experiences in those environments. With certain conditions in place, students learn to engage purposefully as leaders their communities. The authors offer examples of how teachers help students engage in literate practices, demonstrate how young people think about literacy in their lives, and celebrate how students use their learning to attain their goals beyond academic achievement. The authors conclude by noting how systematic design of engaging school spaces reflects research-based findings about literacy engagement in high school classrooms, encouraging teachers to create conditions for engagement purposefully to support all youths in all contexts for similar success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 International Literacy Association


  • 3-Early adolescence
  • 4-Adolescence
  • Authentic < Assessment
  • Choice, preference < Motivation/engagement
  • Expectations < Motivation/engagement
  • Identity
  • Instructional strategies, teaching strategies < Strategies, methods, and materials
  • Instructional strategies; methods and materials
  • Interest < Motivation/engagement
  • Motivation/engagement
  • Motivation/engagement
  • Reflection < Teacher education, professional development
  • Self-perception, self-concept < Struggling learners
  • Sociocultural < Theoretical perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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