Biography

Dr. Michael Smith's research and teaching focus on adolescent literacy, an interest he developed in his eleven years of teaching high school English. More specifically, his research and teaching have centered on how experienced readers read and talk about texts as well as on what motivates adolescents’ reading and writing both in and out of school. He has used what he has learned to think about how to devise more effective and engaging reading and writing instruction. He has reported his research and the instructional ideas derived from them in a variety of articles and chapters and in 16 books, including Reading Don't Fix No Chevys and Reading Unbound, both of which won the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English.

Research Interests

  • Literacy
  • Reading
  • Writing

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

EDUC 0817

Youth Cultures

Undergraduate

EDUC 4389

Field Experience

Undergraduate

EDUC 8401

Philosophical Foundations of Educational Research

Graduate

ENES 4371

Teaching Oral and Written Communication: 7-12

Undergraduate

ENES 5641

Tchg Composition Sec Sch

Graduate

EDAD 5063

Educational Reform

Graduate

EDAD 5300

Intro Issues Sch Ldship

Graduate

Selected Publications

Recent

  • Imbrenda, J.P. & Smith, M.W. (2017). Entering the conversation: Creating a pathway to academic literacy. In English Language Arts Research and Teaching: Revisiting and Extending Arthur Applebee's Contributions (pp. 41-56). doi: 10.4324/9781315465616

  • Wilhelm, J.D. & Smith, M.W. (2016). The Power of Pleasure Reading: What We Can Learn from the Secret Reading Lives of Teens. English Journal, 105(6), pp. 25-30. Retrieved from http://libproxy.temple.edu/

  • Wilhelm, J.D. & Smith, M.W. (2016). The Power of Pleasure Reading: The Case of Dystopias. Voices from the Middle, 23(4), pp. 55-61. Retrieved from http://libproxy.temple.edu/

  • Smagorinsky, P., Anagnostopoulos, D., Smith, M.W., & Lee, C.D. (2015). A Tribute to George Hillocks, Jr. RESEARCH in the TEACHING of ENGLISH, 50(2), pp. 236-248. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Wilhelm, J.D. & Smith, M.W. (2015). They Read What They Need. California English, 20(3), pp. 6-10. Retrieved from http://libproxy.temple.edu/

  • Wilhelm, J.D. & Smith, M.W. (2015). Reading don't fix no chevys (Yet!): Motivating boys in the age of the common core. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 58(4), pp. 273-276. doi: 10.1002/jaal.361

  • Wilhelm, J.D. & Smith, M.W. (2014). Don't Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading. Education Week, 33(18), pp. 25-25. Retrieved from http://libproxy.temple.edu/

  • Smith, M.W. (2014). Building Paper Houses. STYLE, 48(1), pp. 83-86. doi: 10.5325/style.48.1.83

  • Smith, M.W. (2014). Seeking sponsors, accumulating literacies: Deborah brandt and English education. In Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research After Literacy in American Livess (pp. 155-165).