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Disciplinary Literacy in Action
How to Create and Sustain a School-Wide Culture of Deep Reading, Writing, and Thinking

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September 2018 | 368 pages | Corwin

“Much of the professional literature has focused on what disciplinary literacy entails; this valuable contribution explores how it can be implemented in complex school settings.”

—Doug Buehl, Author of Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines

 
What happens when middle and high school teachers who know their content very well are told they should be teaching reading and writing too? Is there a bit of resistance? A decrease in self-efficacy? An overturning of curricula? In Disciplinary Literacy in Action, ReLeah Cossett Lent and Marsha Voigt show us a better way.

 

In this sequel to ReLeah’s bestselling This Is Disciplinary Literacy, the authors provide educators with what they’ve wanted all along: a framework that keeps their subjects at the center and shows them how to pool strengths with colleagues in ongoing communities of professional learning (PL) around content-specific literacy.

 

In each chapter, and with a blend of lively disciplinary literacy teaching ideas and razor-sharp insights on developing teacher efficacy and leadership, ReLeah and Marsha take educators through a powerful PL cycle they can replicate in their school. The authors know it works not just because the research says so, but also because they have spent years refining the model in schools, districts, and regions. With this book, you will be ready for

  • Collaborative learning that preserves discipline-specific content yet keeps innovative daily practices of reading, writing, thinking, and doing at the forefront
  • Planning by autonomous literacy leadership teams with administrative support
  • Implementation augmented by peer and disciplinary literacy coaching
  • Reflection that leads to ongoing collective problem solving

In the end, it all comes back to how content teachers can best help students use literacy in all its forms to learn more deeply. With Disciplinary Literacy in Action, you have a proven framework for doing just that. This is the resource to lean on as you work to ensure all students use literacy as a tool to think, create, and communicate in any endeavor.

 
List of Figures
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
INTRODUCTION
What to Expect From This Book

 
 
CHAPTER 1: DISCIPLINARY LITERACY AND COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: A PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS
Literacy Initiatives and PLCs: What Went Wrong?

 
Collaborative Disciplinary Literacy Learning: A Story of Success

 
Meet Our Disciplinary Literacy Learning Community

 
Benefits of Collaborative Disciplinary Literacy Professional Learning

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
CHAPTER 2: UNLOCKING DISCIPLINARY LITERACY
What Is Literacy in the 21st Century?

 
Content Area Literacy Versus Disciplinary Literacy

 
Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in Action

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
HOW TO CREATE A SCHOOL-WIDE CULTURE OF DISCIPLINARY LITERACY
 
CHAPTER 3: CREATING A SCHOOL-WIDE CULTURE OF DISCIPLINARY READING
Why Read in Every Discipline?

 
Wide Reading in All Disciplines: There’s No Downside

 
Reading Strategies: When and How

 
Vocabulary: The Key to All Content Reading

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
CHAPTER 4: CREATING A SCHOOLWIDE CULTURE OF DISCIPLINARY WRITING
Exploring Disciplinary Writing

 
Writing to Learn in the Discipline Areas

 
Following the Pros: Disciplinary Mentor Texts

 
Feedback: From Master to Apprentice

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
CHAPTER 5: CREATING A SCHOOL-WIDE CULTURE OF DISCIPLINARY THINKING
Learning to Think in Disciplinary Ways

 
Curiosity Drives Disciplinary Thinking

 
Students and Teachers: Thinking Like Insiders Together

 
Making Disciplinary Thinking Visible

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
HOW TO SUSTAIN A SCHOOL-WIDE CULTURE OF DISCIPLINARY LITERACY
 
CHAPTER 6: BUILDING DISCIPLINARY LITERACY (DL) LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The Problem With PLCs

 
Fixing the Problem Through DL Learning Communities

 
Tips for Creating Interdisciplinary

 
Common Subject Literacy Learning Communities

 
The All-Important First Meeting

 
Supporting DL Learning Communities

 
Moving Toward Collective Efficacy

 
Sustaining DL Learning Communities

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
CHAPTER 7: WHAT MATTERS MOST IN A DISCIPLINARY LITERACY (DL) LEARNING COMMUNITY
Collective Inquiry

 
Autonomy and Authority

 
Meaningful Collaboration

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
CHAPTER 8: FROM TEACHER LEARNER TO TEACHER LEADER
Disciplinary Literacy Develops Deep Leadership

 
Disciplinary Literacy Leadership Roles

 
The Power of Disciplinary Literacy Leadership

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
CHAPTER 9: LEADING THE DISCIPLINARY LITERACY CHARGE
Administrative Leaders as Learners

 
Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: The Glue That Holds It All Together

 
Fostering Disciplinary Literacy Dialogue

 
Resources for Continued Learning

 
 
Coda
 
Appendix A: Disciplinary Literacy in English Language Arts
 
Appendix B: Disciplinary Literacy in Math
 
Appendix C: Disciplinary Literacy in Science
 
Appendix D: Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies
 
Appendix E: Disciplinary Literacy in Art
 
Appendix F: Disciplinary Literacy in a World Language
 
Appendix G: Disciplinary Literacy in Health
 
Appendix H: Disciplinary Literacy in Music
 
Appendix I: Technology or Digital Literacy
 
Appendix J: Disciplinary Literacy in Physical Education
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1


ReLeah Cossett Lent

Learn more about ReLeah Lent's PD offeringsReLeah Cossett Lent began her career as a middle and high school English, social studies, debate and journalism teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida.  While there, she coordinated literacy leadership teams in schools across the state. She is now an author and international consultant— speaking and facilitating workshops on topics ranging from disciplinary literacy to literacy leadership teams. While she often provides keynote addresses and one-day workshops, perhaps her most productive work has been with extended... More About Author

Marsha McCracken Voigt

Marsha Voigt has 30 years of experience as a diagnostician and teacher, working with kindergarten through college-age students who struggled with literacy.  She now focuses on professional development and serves as a consultant and literacy coach.  In their article, “Growing Leaders from Within,” she and ReLeah describe their first year of working together to facilitate a truly collaborative literacy learning community. More About Author

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