This website is a searchable database of literacy strategies for any educator at any grade level. ReadWriteThink is a collaboration between the International Literacy Association (ILA) and National Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (NCTE/LA). AchievetheCore.org
This website has literacy strategies and sample lessons for teachers in any subject area to incorporate writing into their content instruction in a way that is authentic to their disciplines. Think Alouds in Elementary Reading Instruction
Think alouds are a powerful way for instructors to model the specific type of thinking needed to comprehend and use a text from a particular discipline (mathematics, social studies, science, etc.). This site has a video of an elementary school educator teaching the Think Aloud strategy very explicitly to her students as she teaches them how to read an historical text – The First Amendment. Think Alouds in Mathematics Instruction
This site has a video of an elementary school educator teaching the Think Aloud strategy very explicitly to her students as she teaches them how to read an historical text – The First Amendment.
Think alouds are a powerful way for teachers to model the way that skilled readers process and use information in a text. This video shows how a math teacher would employ the think aloud strategy to help students learn to read and use text about mathematics. Building Reading Comprehension Through Think Alouds
This page provides a rubric easily applied to many academic disciplines. Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?: Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12. Cris Tovani. (2004). Stenhouse.
Description: Tovani shows how teachers can expand on their content expertise to provide instruction students need to understand specific technical and narrative texts. The book includes examples of how teachers can model their reading process for students, ideas for supplementing and enhancing the use of required textbooks, detailed descriptions of specific strategies taught in context, stories from different high school classrooms to show how reading instruction varies according to content, and samples of student work, including both struggling readers and college-bound seniors. Guiding Readers Through Text: Strategy Guides for New Times. Wood, Karen B. [et al.] (2008). Delaware: International Reading Association, Inc.
This text shows how to use strategy guides with their integrative and active approach to learning, to help students at all grade levels, in all content areas, achieve better comprehension. The Game Plan: A Multi-Year Blueprint to Create a School Culture of Literacy and Data Analysis. Kennett, D., Rathke, K., & van Brunt, K. (2016). New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
This book has both (a) valuable reading and writing to learn strategies that are applicable in any content area and (b) a long-term plan to develop a school culture that supports disciplinary literacy. PDPro Course: Supercharge Your Questions with QAR: MIDAS Course # 40062
This online Canvas course through Davis School District’s PDPro series is available for any teacher. You’ll learn that the Question-Answer-Relationship (QAR) is a powerful strategy to help you teach students how to both ask and answer text-dependent questions. Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction. Kennedy, J. (2005). Alexandria, VA: ASCD
Chapter 2 is devoted to reading in the mathematics classroom: how teachers help students read and interpret mathematics text and discuss problem-solving strategies with them. It explains how mathematic reading instruction can improve student learning. This Is Disciplinary Literacy. Lent, Releah Cossett. (2016). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Chapter 2, "Reading Within the Disciplines," discusses how reading looks in different content areas and provides strategies that work. Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading. Daniels, Harvey and Zemelman, Steven. (2004). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
This text provides activities that help students understand and remember what they read in all content areas, as well as specific ways to use textbooks more effectively. Reading for Understanding: How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms
This book lays out a model for reading apprenticeship, an effective method for expert readers of disciplinary texts to support students in developing similar expertise. Disciplinary Literacy in Action: How to Create and Sustain a School-Wide Culture of Deep Reading, Writing, and Thinking
This resource is a framework that keeps teachers’ subjects at the center of daily classroom life while also helping them weave in relevant, discipline-specific reading skills. Based on years of successful implementation, this powerful PL cycle "drops in" seamlessly to any school setting, so teachers schoolwide take on innovative practices of reading, writing, thinking, and doing within their areas of expertise. Reading and Writing in Science: Tools to Develop Disciplinary Literacy
The real strength of the book is the almost equal weighting given to the four strands of literacy; speaking, listening, reading and writing. This provides a useful prompt for the reader to go beyond the obvious when incorporating a greater literacy focus into their curriculum. What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Does it Matter?
This short article describes disciplinary literacy and makes the case for why it matters. Disciplinary Literacy in Math
This literature review explores aspects of mathematical literacy. Disciplinary Literacy in Science
This slide deck highlights the instructional benefits of teaching students how to read and write scientifically-oriented texts, and includes strategies for teachers to do so. Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies
This slide deck highlights the benefits of teaching students how to read and write the types of texts used by experts in the social studies fields, and includes strategies for teachers to do so. Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents
In this article, eminent researchers Tim and Cynthia Shanahan argue that "disciplinary literacy"--advanced literacy instruction embedded within content area classes--should be a focus of secondary school settings. Utah Core Standards for Literacy
The Utah Core Standards for grades 6-12 include standards for literacy in every content area. They are on pages 69-81 of the linked document.