Content Literacy AlyseShroeder, Tyler Cookas, Ryan Slack, Eric Loewen, Zach Krage, JJ Jansky, Casey Spohn
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
General Literacy Skills • Format awareness • Motivation to explore print • Alphabet knowledge • Phonological awareness • Writing
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organization • Organization skills will help learners to know the steps to writing and learning in the future. • Note taking • Outlining • Summarizing (Misulis, 16)
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!
Bloom’s Taxonomy -Reading is essential to extend learning to all stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy. -Class Discussion VS. Worksheets.
Inclusion • Reading is not, and should not be passive. • Incorporating reading into the classroom includes visual learners. • Reading opens up new group activities.
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.