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Teaching Dilemmas and Solutions in Content-Area Literacy, Grades 6-12

Teaching Dilemmas and Solutions in Content-Area Literacy, Grades 6-12

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October 2014 | 184 pages | Corwin
Middle and high school students must become proficient readers and writers to successfully meet the requirements of the secondary curricula and be adequately prepared for college, employment, and citizenship. Literacy Across the Curriculum is a guide for educators who are concerned with how students experience literacy instruction across the secondary school curriculum and need strategies for raising student performance levels. Each chapter of this edited volume is co-authored by a professor and classroom teacher within a particular academic discipline, and provides a set of 4 or 5 provocative scenarios to illuminate the decisions teachers need to make in order to successfully incorporate literacy instruction within that content area.
Peter Smagorinsky
About This Book

How This Book is Organized

How to Use this Book

What Does it Meant to be Literate?

Content-Area Literacy

Implications for Practice

Policy Recommendations

Peter Smagorinsky and Joseph M. Flanagan
Chapter 1. Literacy in the English/Language Arts Classroom
Changing Conceptions of Literacy

The Growing Debate Regarding What Students Should Be Reading

The Transformation of Instructional Strategies for English Language Arts

Forging a Path for Literacy Instruction


Scenario 1: Language Proficiency as Literacy

Scenario 2: The Literature Strand of the Language Arts Curriculum

Scenario 3: The Writing Strand of the Language Arts Curriculum

Scenario 4: Promoting Literacy Through the Use of a Variety of Textual Forms

Scenario 5: Developing Literacy in a Technical Age

Chauncey Monte-Sano and Denise Miles
Chapter 2. Toward Disciplinary Reading and Writing in History
Understanding the Discipline

What Is the Role of Literacy in History?

Reading History

Writing History

Practices That Help Students Write Historical Arguments


Scenario 1: When Reading Is a Struggle

Scenario 2: Shifting the Focus in History Class to Embrace the Common Core

Scenario 3: Transitioning From Writing Summary to Argument

Scenario 4: Helping Students Use and Select “Good” Evidence

Scenario 5: Balancing the Coverage Mandate With Historical Inquiry

Kok-Sing Tang, Stephen C. Tighe, and Elizabeth Birr Moje
Chapter 3. Literacy in the Science Classroom
What Is Science Literacy and Why Does It Matter?

Learning Science Literacy


Scenario 1: Engaged in Reading of Complex Text in the Service of Inquiry

Scenario 2: Integrating Content Instruction and Disciplinary Literacy Standards in Science

Scenario 3: Foregrounding Multimodal Literacy Practices in Concept Learning

Scenario 4: Connecting Hands-On Experiences With Textual Practices

Linda Hutchison and Jennifer Edelman
Chapter 4. Literacy in the Mathematics Classroom
Texts, Mathematics, and Content Area Literacy

Writing and Content Area Literacy in Mathematics

Reading and Content Area Literacy in Mathematics

Literacy in Mathematics: More Than Vocabulary

Problem-Solving Literacy

Numerical Literacy

Number Line Literacy

Spatial Literacy in Mathematics

Graphing Literacy

Statistical Literacy

Models/Modeling Using Symbols




Scenario 1: A Learning Community

Scenario 2: Extended Responses on Standardized Tests

Scenario 3: Geometry and Technology—Why Do We Do Proofs?

Scenario 4: Evidence of Content-Area Literacy Practices

Karinna Riddett-Moore and Richard Siegesmund
Chapter 5. The Visual Space of Literacy in Art Education
Dewey’s Vision of Art Education

From Perception to the Aesthetics of Care

The Challenges and Possibilities of Visual Literacy


Scenario 1: The Pieta Is a Love Letter

Scenario 2: PostSecret: Finding Narrative in Image and Text

Scenario 3: Doodles Can Mean Something

Scenario 4: Shifting Control: Teaching White Girl to Dance

Scenario 5: A Literacy of Listening: Relational Aesthetics

Katherine D. Strand and Gus Weltsek
Chapter 6. Music and Drama Literacies
Music Literacy

Aural Discrimination and Reading Music

Alternate Musical Literacies


Scenario 1: Musical Literacy With Informal Learning Practices

Drama Literacy

Why and How Does Drama Work?


Scenario 1: Infused Drama Theatre Education Strategies as Multimodal Transmediated Literacy Practices


Decided to use Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas (2nd ed.) by Sejnost & Thiese.

Dr Bethany Scullin
Secondary Education Dept, Edinboro Univ Of Pennsylvania
January 30, 2015

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ISBN: 9781452229935