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This Is Disciplinary Literacy
Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Doing . . . Content Area by Content Area

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September 2015 | 232 pages | Corwin

Disciplinary Literacy is about to go from theory to game plan—taking students from superficial understanding to deep content expertise. And guess what? ReLeah Lent’s big secret lies in highlighting each content area’s differences—advancing a discipline-specific model in which literacy is used as a tool for strategic thinking, reading, writing, and doing within each field.

That’s right—no more reading strategies used uniformly across the curriculum. Instead, This Is Disciplinary Literacy helps content-area teachers put into action the key literacies of their specialties. Teaching science? Students must evaluate evidence and question as they read. History? Comparing and contrasting sources and interpreting the import of events are key. Writing in Math? Accuracy is favored over elaboration and craft. Reading fiction in ELA? Synthesizing and attuning to voice and figurative language reign supreme. Students fully own knowledge because your instruction zeroes in on the academic habits that matter most. 

Content area by content area, ReLeah shows how to immediately incorporate these literacies into lessons, units, and project-based learning. Inside you’ll find:

  • “Spotlights” on all major disciplines that highlight how implementation looks in real classrooms 
  • Extend and Adapt sections with ideas for augmenting activities for students who need different challenges or support, tips for companion activities, and digital sources for short texts and video
  • Q&A sections bringing both reassurance and get-it-done advice 
  • New ways to re-boot essential research-based practices that work in any field—reading, writing, inquiry, and collaboration
  • Free companion website featuring a complete PD workshop with PowerPoint slides for ready-to-go professional learning

And best of all, students not only engage in the genuine intellectual challenges of the disciplines—they are eager to do so! This Is Disciplinary Literacy gives students entrance to the global communities of practice, and provides schools, districts, and teachers with a proven approach that makes college-and-career-readiness a reality. 

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Acknowledgments
 
Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson
 
Chapter 1. Literacy Within the Disciplines
The Problem With Reading Strategies

 
Unpacking Disciplinary Literacy

 
Deeper Learning and Disciplinary Literacy

 
Disciplinary Literacy and Standards

 
The Role of the Teacher

 
Disciplinary Reading, Writing, Inquiry, and Collaboration

 
Suggestions for Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 2. Reading Within the Disciplines
The Benefits of Reading Within the Disciplines

 
Shifts for Reading Within the Disciplines

 
Reading Within Science

 
Reading Within Math

 
Reading Within History and Social Studies

 
Reading Within ELA

 
Questions (and Answers) About Reading Within the Disciplines

 
How to Get Students Reading in Every Discipline Every Day

 
Suggestions for Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 3. Writing Within the Disciplines
Benefits of Writing Within the Disciplines

 
Shifts for Teaching Writing Within the Disciplines

 
Writing Within Science

 
Writing Within History and Social Studies

 
Writing Within Math

 
Writing Within ELA

 
Questions (and Answers) About Writing Within the Disciplines

 
How to Get Students Writing Within the Disciplines

 
Suggestions for Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 4. Inquiry Within the Disciplines
Inquiry and Disciplinary Literacy

 
Shifts for Implementing Inquiry Within the Disciplines

 
Inquiry Within Science

 
Inquiry Within History and Social Studies

 
Inquiry Within Math

 
Inquiry Within ELA

 
Questions (and Answers) About Inquiry Within the Disciplines

 
How to Get Students Inquiring Within the Disciplines

 
Suggestions for Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 5. Collaborative Learning
The Power of Collaboration

 
Collaborative Learning by Any Other Name

 
Vocabulary: The Tool of Disciplinary Talk

 
Shifts for Implementing Collaborative Learning Within the Disciplines

 
Collaboration Within Science

 
Collaboration Within Math

 
Collaboration Within History and Social Studies

 
Collaboration Within ELA

 
Questions (and Answers) About Collaboration Within the Disciplines

 
Activities for Collaborative Learning Within the Disciplines

 
Suggestions for Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 6. This Is Disciplinary Literacy
Enter: Food Lit

 
Literacy Alive

 
Campfire: Literacy and Food

 
A Student Perspective

 
Collaboration and Community

 
Class Meals: A Metaphor for Community

 
Service-Learning at Home

 
Cross-Culture Connections

 
An Administrative Perspective

 
Students as Learners, Students as Presenters

 
The Power of Disciplinary Literacy

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

"ReLeah Lent has developed a great framework for helping content area teachers think about their discipline-specific literacies. More important, she has equipped them with tools that allow them to use these literacies to forward content learning. From student-led discussions to reading infographics, This is Disciplinary Literacy brings today’s literacies into content classrooms."

NANCY FREY
co-author of Rigorous Reading and Text Dependent Questions, Grades K-5 and 6-12

"Content area teachers will be delighted to find their concerns regarding disciplinary literacy finally addressed with discipline specific ways of integrating literacy that will to help all students deepen their content learning.  Teachers who’ve struggled with how to integrate literacy into their discipline or who are looking for fresh ideas for increasing literacy in their content area will find classroom ready examples they will be able to use.  What I like most about this book is the focus on literacy as a vehicle to enhance learning for all content areas."

JAYNE ELLSPERMANN
National Principal of the Year (2014)

"Acquiring skill in disciplinary literacy is essential for students to become college and career ready.  This is Disciplinary Literacy is a contribution to teachers everywhere striving to meet the needs of their students.  This book hits the right balance between rationale for disciplinary literacy and providing useful approaches to use in each content area instruction.  The book will help teachers provide opportunities for deeper learning of content as well as a demonstration of rigorous reading, writing, thinking, and doing.  Congratulations on a job well done by ReLeah Lent."

JUDITH IRVIN
Executive Director of the National Literacy Project

"This is Disciplinary Literacy is your go-to book for everything you need to know about this important topic. Lent expertly guides middle and high school teachers through an explanation of disciplinary literacy as well as how and why teaching and learning approaches differ in each content area.  Overflowing with examples from diverse classrooms and practical suggestions that teachers will embrace, chapters dedicated to reading, writing, inquiry, and collaborative learning will deepen your understanding of what literacy means in your subject."

LAURA ROBB
author of Vocabulary is Comprehension

I feel it covers all that needs to be addressed to prepare my students to be great science teachers.

Mrs Margie Ritson
Education Dept, Chatham University
October 11, 2015

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