Authentic Audiences for Struggling Readers: A Case Study Using Goodreads in a High School Classroom

ID: 50622 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Matthew Duvall and Brian Smith, Drexel University, United States

This paper describes the use of Goodreads, a social network based around books, in a high school classroom for students labeled “struggling readers.” Using Goodreads to connect the students to an authentic audience of fiction readers increased the evidence of Common Core-based academic literacy elements in their book reviews. This case study shows how literacy-centered technology might be used in English language arts instruction to improve outcomes for struggling students. Shifting the focus from decontextualized skills to social practices of a broader community could lead to greater engagement and, in turn, improve academic literacy as well.


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