March 14, 2017
March 14, 2017
- Good morning.
- Mass on Friday followed by Town Hall(please get your SK names to Cris by Thursday) & thanks.
- Reconciliation today beginning at 9:30.
- PTG Hot Lunch tomorrow.
• Why do we need disciplinary literacy standards?
- Here’s an excellent piece entitled “Disciplinary Literacy: Just the FAQs” by Timothy Shanahan and Cynthia Shanahan in Educational Leadership, February 2017. In this article in Educational Leadership, Timothy Shanahan and Cynthia Shanahan (University of Illinois/Chicago) answer some common questions about disciplinary literacy.
Literacy differs by discipline, say the Shanahans – vocabulary, sentence structure, use of graphic information, etc. Historians read different kinds of texts than scientists. A history text uses maps, perhaps a painting depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence, while a science text is quite different. “Understanding how to move among prose, equations, diagrams, tables, plots, and photos is an essential science reading skill,” say the authors. “Disciplinary literacy instruction aims at fostering an awareness of such specialized text features as well as an ability to negotiate them successfully.”
• Should English teachers teach science and history skills?
No, say the Shanahans; math literacy should be taught in math classes, science literacy in science classes, and so on, “not as some kind of decontextualized adjunct.” As Steve Martin once quipped, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”
• Don’t disciplinary subjects already have their own standards?
Yes, but they usually address knowledge, not the field’s unique approach to reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.
• Why aren’t there elementary disciplinary literacy standards?
Elementary texts most often present material in general ways, with disciplinary literacy emerging in the middle grades. Elementary students can apply generic skills across all disciplines.
Part II tomorrow
- Grade Level meetings on Wednesday(K-4 Science)
- Have a nice day and God Bless you.