Reading and Writing with a Public Purpose: Fostering Middle School Students' Academic and Critical Community Literacies through Debate.

@inproceedings{Mirra2016ReadingAW,
  title={Reading and Writing with a Public Purpose: Fostering Middle School Students' Academic and Critical Community Literacies through Debate.},
  author={Nicole Mirra and Benjamin Honoroff and Suzanne H. Elgendy and Gabriel Pietrzak},
  year={2016}
}
Middle school is a crucial transition period for adolescents; in addition to beginning to grapple with the academic literacy demands of college and career readiness, they are working to find their place in public life and developing opinions about civic issues. This article presents debate as a literacy practice that is uniquely suited to helping middle school students increase their academic reading comprehension skills while also honing their critical literacy skills and capitalizing on their… CONTINUE READING

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