Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning / Edition 1

Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning / Edition 1

by Stephanie M. McConachie, Anthony M. Petrosky
     
 

This important book offers an authoritative guide for improving teaching, learning, and literacy in content area classrooms. Edited by two experts on the topic, Content Matters introduces teachers to the Disciplinary Literacy instructional framework developed by the famed Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Grounded in the Principles of

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Overview

This important book offers an authoritative guide for improving teaching, learning, and literacy in content area classrooms. Edited by two experts on the topic, Content Matters introduces teachers to the Disciplinary Literacy instructional framework developed by the famed Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Grounded in the Principles of Learning that were developed by acclaimed educator Lauren B.Resnick, the framework is designed to prepare students in grades 6 and up to master the rigorous academic content learning required for college success.

Unlike most 'generic' teaching models, the framework is specifically tailored for each of the content disciplines. The content chapters offer cases of teachers and students in middle and high schools working together in English/language arts, history, mathematics, and science. The chapters tell the story of teaching and learning in the disciplines. Designed to be a highly practical resource, the book shows teachers how to integrate literacy development and thinking practices into their routine content instruction. Comprehensive in scope, the book also shows how school instructional leaders can support teachers in learning and using this instructional approach.

Praise for Content Matters

"Content Matters bridges the gap between idealized plans and practical actions for improving adolescent literacy. It is an excellent resource for growing teacher practice and improving teacher effectiveness."
Jerri Lippert, chief academic officer, Pittsburgh Public Schools

"Finally, a book that draws on school-based experiences backed up by emerging research findings. If you believe that all students in your school district can develop the rigorous academic content required for college success, then reading this practical book provides a road map for actualizing that belief."
Pat Forgione, former superintendent, Austin Independent School District

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470434116
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/02/2009
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
414,877
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lauren B. Resnick vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

The Editors xvii

The Authors xix

ONE Engaging Content Teachers in Literacy Development 1
Stephanie M. McConachie, Anthony R. Petrosky

TWO Disciplinary Literacy: A Principle-Based Framework 15
Stephanie M. McConachie

THREE Disciplinary Literacy in the History Classroom 33
Anita K. Ravi

FOUR Disciplinary Literacy in the Mathematics Classroom 63
Victoria L. Bill, Idorenyin Jamar

FIVE Disciplinary Literacy in the Science Classroom 87
Samuel A. Spiegel, Jody Bintz, Joseph A. Taylor, Nancy M.Landes, Deborah L. Jordan

SIX Disciplinary Literacy in the English Language Arts Classroom129
Anthony R. Petrosky, Stephanie M. McConachie, VivianMihalakis

SEVEN Embedding Disciplinary Literacy: Leadership andProfessional Learning 163
Stephanie M. McConachie, Rosita E. Apodaca

Appendix A: Disciplinary Literacy Design Principles by CoreAcademic Area 197

Appendix B: Disciplinary Literacy Observation Protocol 215

Appendix C: Selected Disciplinary Literacy Tools 219

References 223

Index 241

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