March 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
- Good morning.
- Mass on Friday followed by Town Hall(please get your SK names to Cris by Thursday) & thanks.
- PTG Hot Lunch today.
• What disciplinary skills pertain to English?
- Here’s Part II of 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.
English teachers are responsible for general literacy skills, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and mechanics, which students use across the curriculum. There are ELA-specific terms like metaphor, symbolism, and allusion, and specific skills when students read poems, novels, and short stories.
• Are disciplinary literacy skills the same as content-area reading skills?
No, say the Shanahans. Generic content skills like locating and memorizing information are important and can be used across disciplines, but discipline-specific skills like comparing multiple accounts of a historical event and evaluating different perspectives are in another league.
• What’s the right balance between content-area and disciplinary literacy?
The latter is appropriate when a teacher wants to go beyond simple knowledge acquisition – for example, teaching students to compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary historical sources and evaluating the reliability of a source.
• What about cross-disciplinary applications?
Should an English teacher working on
The Hunger Games
have math students study the probability of Katniss’s and Prim’s names being drawn during the reaping? The Shanahans are skeptical about this kind of application and say “it’s definitely not what disciplinary literacy is all about… Transforming the beauty and power of literature into an alternative source of content information is not appropriately respectful of the intellectual work of those other fields, not does it promote the true value of literary thought.
- Grade Level meetings today(K-4 Science)
- Father George extends his gratitude and compliments with regards to the kids being prepared for reconciliation yesterday. Thank you for shepherding them and have a good day. God bless.