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This Is Disciplinary Literacy


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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

About the Author

Learn more about ReLeah Lent's PD offerings ReLeah Cossett Lent began her career as a middle and high school English, social studies, debate and journalism teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. While there, she coordinated literacy leadership teams in schools across the state. She is now an author and international consultant- speaking and facilitating workshops on topics ranging from disciplinary literacy to literacy leadership teams. While she often provides keynote addresses and one-day workshops, perhaps her most productive work has been with extended residencies in schools, districts and educational consortiums where she provides large-group professional learning and small group follow-up. Her multi-year work in one district, for example, led to the implementation of a disciplinary literacy model, resulting in increased student achievement and teacher leadership. A high school principal in the district termed the experience "transformational" in terms of teacher learning and transfer to the classroom. ReLeah works closely with administrators and staff to customize the learning experience based on the school or district's unique population and needs. ReLeah has authored eleven books on education and has been published in numerous journals, including Educational Leadership, the Journal of Staff Development, and NCTE's English Journal as well as being a frequent speaker for these organizations. Her latest book titles include Disciplinary Literacy in Action: How to Create and Sustain a School-Wide Culture of Deep Reading, Writing, and Thinking (Corwin, 2018), This is Disciplinary Literacy: Reading, Writing, Thinking and Doing...Content Area by Content Area (Corwin, 2016), Common Core CPR: What about the Adolescents Who Struggle...or Just Don't Care? (Corwin, 2013) and Overcoming Textbook Fatigue (ASCD, 2012).


"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


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