Adolescent Literacy

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning has developed comprehensive reading programs for adolescents that empower learners while promoting adolescent literacy, focuses on student motivation while engaging students and their teachers in explicit instructional patterns.

Our evidence based adolescent reading programs, FUSION Reading and Xtreme Reading, are designed to help students reach their goals and to teach them the strategies and habits of learning that they need to learn and thrive as future ready learners. Sequenced instruction supported by progress monitoring, clear student selection criteria and teacher feedback are hallmarks of KUCRL’s materials and reading programs. We know, each minute counts.

SIM Content Enhancement Routines are dynamic teaching tools that use powerful teaching devices to organize and present curriculum content in an understandable and easy-to-learn manner. Teachers use Content Enhancement Routines to plan for and impart content to academically diverse classes in ways that all students can understand and remember key information. All of the routines promote direct, explicit instruction to facilitate problem-solving and critical thinking skills for students.

SIM Learning Strategies are teaching tools that gradually release control from teacher to student to help students understand information and solve problems effectively and efficiently. SIM Learning Strategies have the necessary breadth and depth to provide a well-designed scope and sequence of strategy instruction. Strategies are divided into strands, or categories of skills: acquisition of information, storage and retrieval of information, and demonstration of competence.

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