How to Support Your Adolescent's Reading Development

Learn strategies for supporting your teen's reading development at home.
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

This course will teach you proven strategies that will help your adolescent improve as a reader. You will learn how to:

  • how to identify appropriate books for your teen to read
  • strategies to support a positive reading environment at home
  • how to have discussions about books with your teen

This course is structured in such a way that you can move about it as you wish or you can progress in a linear manner. The strategies presented here are independent of each other. Feel free to select and use them as it makes sense for you and your teen.

What are the requirements?

  • No advance knowledge about reading or adolescents is required for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • identify strategies to support their teens reading at home
  • understand some of the bigger issues in reading that can support/inhibit reading growth
  • discuss books with their teen

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for parents or adults who work with adolescents outside a school context and want information about how to support their reading growth. Beginning teachers of adolescents may find some of this information useful.

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Section 1: Course Introduction
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Welcome to the course! Learn what to expect and what you will get out of it.

Meet Your Instructor

In this lecture, I share with you my philosophy on working with adolescents on reading.


You play a very important role in your adolescent's reading development. Learn what some of the key factors are.

How to Take This Course
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What Do You Already Know about Adolescents and Reading?
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Section 2: Adolescent Reading Development

Why do some teens enjoy reading? Learn what you can do at home to help motivate your teenager to read.


Some adolescents have reading difficulties in school. Learn some of the common problems that contribute to their difficulties and some ideas for addressing them.


Reading is both a solitary and a social practice. Learn what some common social practices with books are and how to encourage your teen to engage in them.


Adolescents experience a lot of challenges with reading in school. Learn what some of the more common ones are and how you can support them.

Section 3: Strategies for Working with Your Teen

Learn what your teen wants to get out of reading.


It's important to have your teen read regularly. Learn what this looks like and a variety of ways to implement it.


Learn how to help your teen select appropriate reading materials.

2 pages

Discussing books is important. Learn how to have discussions with your teen. A list of guiding questions is provided.


What does it mean to think critically about texts? How can you promote critical thinking with your teen?


Understand what it means to engage in authentic reading, the benefits of doing so, and ideas for promoting it with your teen.


Learn what not to do with your teen around reading. This lecture shares common practices that are more harmful than helpful.


Your teen reads everyday in school. Learn how you can support their academic reading abilities at home.

Section 4: Course Wrap-Up
Next Steps
What Did You Learn in This Course?
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Instructor Biography

Leigh Hall, Associate Professor; University of North Carolina

Dr. Leigh A. Hall is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began publishing academic manuscripts during her second year as a doctoral student at Michigan State University. By the time she earned her Ph.D., Dr. Hall had five manuscripts published or in press. To date, she has published 26 manuscripts in top-tier academic journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English. Dr. Hall has extensive experience in writing, publishing, and reviewing manuscripts and in working with novices in learning how to navigate the publishing process.

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