Shifts and ChangesMay 19, 2012 at 12:59 am | Posted in Content Area Literacy | 5 Comments
The Common Core Standards require it. Responsibility for students’ literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language) development is now a cross-disciplinary expectation. What does this mean for content-area teachers?
In her article “Content Area Literacy: Beyond the Language Arts Classroom,” veteran teacher and literacy coach Debbie Shults writes
The classic math lesson includes repeated teacher demonstrations of problem solving with students copying the examples and going home to repeat the process. In response to the need to infuse literacy across curriculum, this process is changing… Math teachers are recognizing that today’s students require active teaching strategies, infused with literacy practices that engage the learner and make learning relevant.”
Professional-development leader Danae’ Wirth’s Millmark Education post, echoes similar beliefs regarding science lessons.
Science is a natural venue to integrate English Language Arts (ELA) standards because of its high interest subject matter. Yet often our attempts at integrating literacy in science end up as reading and writing about science. This isn’t necessarily bad, but we can make the most out of both by understanding the focus of the instruction and how reading and writing can increase content understanding… True integration maintains the purpose of the focused instruction. Reading and writing in science should be incorporated throughout the science activity in a way that maintains the content focus while practicing ELA skills.
What are the critical components of literacy in the content areas? How can literacy be authentically integrated across math, science, and technology curricula? Given your content specialty, what changes do you anticipate in classroom instruction?