Engaging students in verbal debate can help them learn how to frame an argument and justify their claims with evidence.
Adolescents need strong Critical Literacy skills to consider issues of power and bias in the texts they encounter in school and beyond in a complex world.
To build these skills, students can create their own counter-texts, which may motivate them to give voice to perspectives that may not have originally been present in texts or historical accounts.
Adolescents need to learn how to leverage technology effectively for learning.
Technology is ubiquitous for adolescents; however, new research suggests that more frequent media multi-tasking in adolescence may lead to increases in Attention problems.
Students may need support in learning strategies such as mindfulness that can help them manage distractions from technology.
Technology can also expand learning opportunities for reading and writing; adolescents’ Literacy Environments include many types of digital media, which can be spaces to find and compose personally meaningful texts.
Educators can also use multimedia texts to layer different sources and prompt students’ awareness and information literacy skills.
Engagement with a variety of texts allows students to think critically.