Addressing Disciplinary Literacy Knowledge in the Common Core State Standards
This article from the Illinois Reading Council discusses the connections between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and disciplinary literacy. Although related, disciplinary literacy and content area literacy differ in purpose and substance. Inquiry is at the heart of practices in disciplinary literacy. In order for students and teachers to use an inquiry-based approach, teachers need to: (1) recognize and make accessible to students the habits of practices used by disciplinary experts; and (2) be able to identify linguistic features specific to each discipline. The authors of this article offer tips for choosing literacy strategies that match disciplinary goals and objectives, such as cultivating academic conversations and fostering writing for argument.