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  1. Content Literacy AlyseShroeder, Tyler Cookas, Ryan Slack, Eric Loewen, Zach Krage, JJ Jansky, Casey Spohn

  2. What Is Content Literacy? • The ability to use reading and writing for the acquisitions of new content in a given discipline. • Also involves listening, speech, and use of technology • Has three principles

  3. General Literacy Skills • Format awareness • Motivation to explore print • Alphabet knowledge • Phonological awareness • Writing

  4. Content Specific Literacy Skills • Transition to Adult-Level Reading • Stanley: narrative versus expository writing. • Use the structure of text to structure learning. • Reading is very often the basis of assessment.

  5. Background Experience and Knowledge of Subject • The experiences of students will affect the way they interpret material • Knowledge of the subject can be provided by both the students and the teacher • Teachers should provide various materials and methods to increase the knowledge of the subject

  6. Lifelong Learner • We are always learning throughout our lives. • Without effective reading strategies, we would not be able to retain information as well as we should.

  7. Reinforcement • Just hearing about a topic may not always be enough to keep the knowledge in our brain. • Reinforcing what we have heard about previously by reading about it is a great way to help remember important topics.

  8. Relation • Reading in one content area may help learners relate their learning in another subject. • I.E. – Having a basic understanding of mathematics will help learn computer science.

  9. Vocabulary • The more a person reads, the larger their vocabulary is going to become. • With a larger vocabulary, tougher pieces of reading can be completed.

  10. Organization • Organization skills will help learners to know the steps to writing and learning in the future. • Note taking • Outlining • Summarizing (Misulis, 16)

  11. Why is Reading Critical in ALL Classrooms? • Reading is a basic part of all content areas and disciplines. • What are examples in your discipline? • Teachers need to read too!

  12. Bloom’s Taxonomy -Reading is essential to extend learning to all stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy. -Class Discussion VS. Worksheets.

  13. Inclusion • Reading is not, and should not be passive. • Incorporating reading into the classroom includes visual learners. • Reading opens up new group activities.

  14. Section references Cook, Doris (Consultant). (2004). Strategic Learning in the Content Areas. Milwaukee: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Santrock, J.W. (2008). Educational Psychology (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.