Disciplinary Literacy: Why it Matters and What We Should Do About It. Elizabeth Birr Moje National Writing Project Conference What’s Next: Possibilities for Literacy and Content Area Learning March 6, 2010. . . . Or . . . .
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Elizabeth Birr Moje
National Writing Project Conference
What’s Next: Possibilities for Literacy and Content Area Learning
March 6, 2010
Disciplinary literacy perspectives argue that the tools of knowledge production and critique, whether rooted in the disciplines or in everyday life, should be uncovered, taught, and practiced.
Disciplines v. subject areas
Explicit attention to navigation across multiple discourse communities provides greater access to more young people
In the service of enhancing subject-matter learning (i.e., to develop deep subject-matter proficiency)
Builds critical literacy skills for an educated citizenry
Question 2 literacy?What to Do About Disciplinary Literacy?
Reading like an X
Drawing from and developing “necessary knowledge”
Talking about texts
Synthesizing across texts (or “coming back around”)
Teachers taking on texts
Drawing from and Developing . . . literacy?Necessary knowledge
Immigration Statistics, 1920-1926 literacy?
Emphasis on literacy?TEXTTalking about Texts
Analyzing the texts of instruction literacy?taking on texts
Analysis of Nature of the Text:
Coh-Metrix (Graesser & McNamara)
Analysis of Relationship between Text and Reader:
Analyzing and Planning for Relationships Across Texts:
How would you select other texts to accompany this one?
What connections might you imagine students making across texts?
What connections would you try to help students see across the texts?
Vocabulary concept cards
Concept of Definition maps
Semantic Feature Analysis
Text structuring strategies
Graphic or relational organizing
Lack of coherence?
Disciplinary reading strategies?
Evaluating data warrant
Applying to investigations or activitiesWhat do you need to address in the text and with your students?
Helping youth read across texts literacy?Synthesizing Across Texts
Synthesis Journals literacy?
Primary Source 1
Primary Source 2
Analysis across texts (i.e., a history)
Primary Source 3
Primary Source 4
2. What are the effects of this material in the air?
3. How much of this material is typically found in air?
Summarizing From and Synthesizing Across Texts: Questions Into Paragraphs
Driving Question: What affects the quality of air in my community?
Learning Set Question: Is material X a pollutant?
Sub-Questions Source 1Source 2Source 3 SUMMARY
McLaughlin, E. M. (1986). QuIP: A writing strategy to improve comprehension of expository structure. The Reading Teacher.
Exposure to and opportunities to write multiple genres and registers
Learning to write the valued genres and register of the discipline . . . really well
Exposure to Writing . . . literacy?Opportunities to Write
Motor city of the world
Automaker and designer
A player of cars and casinos
A city of violence
They tell me your the #1 murder city
For I have seen your people and streets.
They tell me you are feared and violent
And I have seen the results of that with
My friends who have passed away.
For the people who want to show me the
Good side, I’ll show them my reality.
The view that only people who live here see and hear.
Gang violence, gun shots, drug dealing, rappists
Prostitutes, crackheads, bumps, thieves, burn houses,
And dirty streets.
All of this hides under those beautiful buildings
Under the unknown places of the camera hides
This terrible everyday dilema we have to go through.
Underneath the streets of Detroit hides its people
And underneath those people
Their solidarity toward society.
I think middle school students should be required to participate in a community service program because it make them more responsible and teaches them what work realy is.
Another reason I think this is because it will help them to be successful and not to die as a teen gang member. Some people have thrown away their lives in gangs this community service program will help prevent that by keeping students away from gangs and away from drugs.
The Core Democratic Value that I choose is Common good, I chose this value because it states that we should protect and provide safty for our community as well as for anyone who lives here. Also because the community service program reduces the gang killings and increases the safty around us. Community servics are when students help around their community and to help older neighbors cut the lawn, rake the leafs, or shovel the snow.
I have learned that gangs are no good they bring nothing but trouble. All gangs are just about which gang is better the only things they do are fight, steal and cause trouble. Here in Detroit there have been alot of teens being killed because they were involved in gangs.
Valued Genres and Registers literacy?Learning to write well
Dilemmas of Literacy Instruction . . . . literacy?In an age of Accountability
Writing to a rubric (i.e., “rules”)
Writing to a problematic rubric
Writing mixed genres
Writing “objective” pieces about highly personal or social issues
To Address the Dilemmas . . . literacy?Teaching practices
Writing multiple versions
Teaching students to “go to” or abstract the larger issue
Explicitly critiquing the rubric with and for students
The Dangers of . . . literacy?Disciplinary Literacy