What Is Disciplinary Literacy?
Experiencing Discipline-Specific Texts
You will now complete an interactive activity in which you will read a short text in each of the major disciplines: history, English, science, and mathematics. Texts from each discipline address the same topic of economics, but differ in purpose, structure, and reading strategies needed to comprehend and respond to the text ideas. As you read, consider the text structure, vocabulary, language use, text features, etc., used to present the important ideas. After reading each text, you will answer questions to assess your learning. The goal of this activity is to experience the different text types and specialized literacy practices required to make sense of the ideas presented that students encounter each school day. Click below to get started.
This activity features a short text related to the topic of economics in each of the four disciplines—science, mathematics, English, and history—with questions to assess learning about each text. The goal is to experience the different text types and specialized literacy practices required to make sense of the ideas presented, which students must do each school day.
Apply: Consider the specific strategies you used to make sense of the text (e.g., text structure, background knowledge, graphics, knowledge of context, close reading, knowledge of how that discipline works) in the interactive activity. Write a short paragraph (five to seven sentences) describing your experience reading this text: What was challenging? What did you do to make sense of the text? How did this experience help you understand the challenges your students encounter in your discipline?
Continue to Unit 2 – Disciplinary Literacy: Big Ideas