Dr. Janet Allen's Plugged-in to Reading

Dr. Janet Allen's Plugged-in to Reading uses authentic literature and nonfiction print and audiobooks, and a research-proven instructional model, to help your students master essential skills and strategies. Plugged-in follows the three components of gradual release, helping students improve all aspects of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Plus, this literacy program fully supports the depths of instruction required by the Common Core State Standards.

Written for elementary, middle, and high school students by Dr. Janet Allen, internationally renowned literacy expert, this program will revolutionize the way reading and writing is taught at your school. The compeling topics, quality literature, and enticing text feature and structures engage diverse learners in clocking reading and writings mileage, the key to literacy achievement.

Nonfiction

Plugged-in to Reading Nonfiction includes a classroom library of authentic, award-winning nonfiction literature. Each level of the program includes a wide variety of cross-genre, cross-complexity, cross-content nonfiction books, articles, essays, poetry, seminal documents, and letters.

Fiction

Plugged-in to Reading Fiction uses the concept of Literature Circles, allowing students to practice specific learning strategies in a collaborative group of their peers. The purpose of a literature circle is to help students learn how to discuss books authentically. As students progress, Plugged-in encourages independence and more in-depth discussions of the novels in question.

About Janet Allen

Janet Allen PhotoPlugged-in to Reading is the culmination of Dr. Janet Allen's 35 years in education, 20 of them in her own classroom, and her extensive involvement as a researcher in adolescent literacy. She is an inspiring mentor to classroom teachers across the country.

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About Janet Allen

Janet Allen Photo

Plugged-in to Reading is the culmination of Dr. Janet Allen's 35 years in education, 20 of them in her own classroom, and her extensive involvement as a researcher in adolescent literacy. She is an inspiring mentor to classroom teachers across the country.

An international consultant, researcher, author, innovator, and veteran educator, Dr. Janet Allen has become a major force in literacy work at-risk students. She began her professional life in northern Maine as a teacher of high school reading and English. Moving to the University of Central Florida, she taught English and reading education, directed the Central Florida Writing Project, and assisted in the creation of the Orange County Literacy Project. She is the recipient of many teaching awards, including the Milken Foundation's National Educator Award.

A Note from Dr. Allen on creating Plugged-in to Nonfiction
With each piece of nonfiction I included in my teaching, I realized my students became more engaged. Fiction became more real to them with the inclusion of nonfiction that offered contemporary or historical examples of similar events, themes, or factoids. In fact, eventually I was able to read several classic pieces of literature with my students because we started with nonfiction as the hook. The Crucible took on a whole new meaning for them when I included an article from a science text explaining that the hysterical behaviors of the accusers in the witch hunts may have been influenced by hallucinogenic effects related to the grains used in their food. When I included pamphlets from local churches where pastors distributed lists of names (written in red ink) and told parishioners not to read or view certain artists' works or buy products from companies supporting their films because they were Communists, my students finally understood Miller's purpose in writing The Crucible. The nonfiction pieces brought the works of literature to life for them. And when the literature came to life, students had real questions that intrigued them. In fact, my first published article was a co-authored article about our experiences of merging fiction and nonfiction for our students: "Witches, Worship, and Whimsy" (Allen & Leighton, 1981). At this point, I was using nonfiction as a tool for engagement, connection to literature, and inquiry.

Research

Here are a few aspects of the extensive research base included in the program's collection of sources that are critical to understanding the significance of each component of Plugged-in.

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