ILS Research and Evaluation

Developing and Field-Testing Instructional Materials

Community Initiatives, Youth Education Scholars

With support from The Robert Bowne Foundation, the ILS recently completed a three-year program for youth practitioners that focused on the exploration of children's and young adult literature. In each year of the YES program, participants met over a 10-month period to share, analyze, and discuss literature for children and young adults and develop ways to use these texts and supporting activities in the context of after-school programs. Using an inquiry process, they conducted individual studies of self-selected topics related to the teaching of literature. At the end of each year, YES scholars contributed to an informal publication consisting of an annotated bibliography, supplementary resources, sample teaching activities, and essays describing their inquiry into children's and young adult literature. A selection of inquiry narratives, extended annotations, and the compiled annotated bibliographies will be published as a representation of the three-year program.

Adult Learning Center & NYC Writing Project, Annotated Bibliography in Adolescent and Adult Literacy

With funding from The City University of New York, a team of Writing Project high school teacher-consultants worked alongside a team of teachers from the Adult Learning Center to identify commonalities and differences in the struggles faced by adolescent and adult basic readers, share teaching approaches, and recommend texts and resources for each other's student populations. The group developed an annotated bibliography which will be posted on this website shortly.

New York City Writing Project, Literature For My Classroom: What's Out There?

The Writing Project organized and led three consecutive advanced summer institutes that focused on literature for middle-school and high-school classrooms. Teachers identified and read works of literature that might be appropriate for their students; researched material in history and the arts to enhance students' understanding and appreciation of these texts; prepare annotated references for these books and materials; and developed classroom activities to support students in exploring the themes and issues suggested by these texts. Activities were field-tested during the school year following each summer institute. This work led to a resource guide, Literature for My Classroom: What's Out There? This resource guide, distributed widely in New York City, has become the model for similar volumes compiled by ILS staff in collaboration with groups of teachers.

Last modified: Nov 7, 2012

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