While the Common Core has made informational text a focal point in English/language arts classrooms around the country, it has also made literacy a key concern in other subjects.
Teaching literacy in the disciplines and navigating informational texts are challenging prospects. How can content-area teachers find high-quality informational texts that will enhance their curriculum? How do they go about working with these new texts? Most importantly, how do teachers balance their responsibility towards their subject matter with the new charge to incorporate disciplinary literacy?
The key is to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Teachers can meet these challenges together and enhance student literacy, engagement, and motivation along the way. Connecting Across Disciplines offers a practical model that teachers in any discipline can use to incorporate informational texts into their classrooms on their own or in collaboration with colleagues in other content areas.
Our model offers concrete, classroom-ready strategies that help teachers and students surmount the obstacles often found in rigorous informational texts:
- practical, engaging vocabulary activities that front-load both key words and concepts
- sidebar reading prompts that support active, thoughtful reading, and
- writing and discussion prompts that promote critical thinking and disciplinary literacy.
We also share suggestions and ideas for initiating and implementing collaboration between teachers of any discipline, even those working at the secondary level with complex schedules and curricula. This volume also includes a classroom-ready model unit that puts an excerpt from Lord of the Flies into dialogue with a New York Times science article on aggression in male fruit flies.
For example, as discussed in the book, here is a link to a GoogleDrive spreadsheet you can use to communicate and share collaboration ideas with your colleagues in various disciplines.