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This Is Disciplinary Literacy

Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Doing . . . Content Area by Content Area

By: ReLeah Cossett Lent

This Is Disciplinary Literacy helps content area teachers put into action the key literacies of their specialties—taking students from superficial understanding to deep content expertise.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506306698
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: September 21, 2015

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Disciplinary Literacy is about to go from theory to game plan—taking students from superficial understanding to deep content expertise. And guess what? ReLeah Lent’s big secret lies in highlighting each content area’s differences—advancing a discipline-specific model in which literacy is used as a tool for strategic thinking, reading, writing, and doing within each field.

That’s right—no more reading strategies used uniformly across the curriculum. Instead, This Is Disciplinary Literacy helps content-area teachers put into action the key literacies of their specialties. Teaching science? Students must evaluate evidence and question as they read. History? Comparing and contrasting sources and interpreting the import of events are key. Writing in Math? Accuracy is favored over elaboration and craft. Reading fiction in ELA? Synthesizing and attuning to voice and figurative language reign supreme. Students fully own knowledge because your instruction zeroes in on the academic habits that matter most. 

Content area by content area, ReLeah shows how to immediately incorporate these literacies into lessons, units, and project-based learning. Inside you’ll find:

  • “Spotlights” on all major disciplines that highlight how implementation looks in real classrooms 
  • Extend and Adapt sections with ideas for augmenting activities for students who need different challenges or support, tips for companion activities, and digital sources for short texts and video
  • Q&A sections bringing both reassurance and get-it-done advice 
  • New ways to re-boot essential research-based practices that work in any field—reading, writing, inquiry, and collaboration
  • Free companion website featuring a complete PD workshop with PowerPoint slides for ready-to-go professional learning

And best of all, students not only engage in the genuine intellectual challenges of the disciplines—they are eager to do so! This Is Disciplinary Literacy gives students entrance to the global communities of practice, and provides schools, districts, and teachers with a proven approach that makes college-and-career-readiness a reality. 

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Key features

  • Common questions and answers (FAQs) regarding each chapter topic
  • Mixed into every chapter are  “Spotlight on______” , a feature that takes readers inside science, math, social studies, history  and ELA classes to see the practices in action.
  • Sample activities related to the topic of each chapter.  Each activity includes the following sections.
    • How it Works (including examples)
    • Why it Works (research and reasoning behind activity)
    • Extend and Adapt (other ways to use the resource or activity




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ReLeah Cossett Lent

ReLeah Cossett Lent was a middle and high school English, social studies, and journalism teacher before becoming a founding member of a state-wide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. While there, she worked with a team to develop Florida’s Reading Endorsement courses and coordinated literacy leadership teams in schools across the state. She is now an international consultant— speaking, writing, and providing workshops on topics ranging from literacy to leadership teams. She has authored 11 books on all aspects of literacy, including engagement, disciplinary literacy, and literacy leadership teams. Her most recent books are the bestsellers This is Disciplinary Literacy: Reading, Writing, Thinking and Doing. . .Content Area by Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy in Action: How to Create and Sustain a School-Wide Culture of Deep Reading, Writing, and Thinking.

While she often provides keynote addresses and one-day workshops, her most productive work has been through multi-day residencies in schools, districts and consortiums. As an example, she has created numerous professional learning initiatives in and across districts for content-area teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators with in-school follow-up. The significant increase in student achievement and teacher leadership demonstrated the effectiveness of such a disciplinary literacy approach. She recently facilitated a year-long literacy leadership initiative in a high school, and the principal termed the experience “transformational” in terms of teacher learning and transfer to the classroom. They plan to expand the model throughout the district.

believes strongly in facilitating student ownership and active learning, most often through powerful collective efficacy as teacher teams engage in problem solving.

has been the recipient of several educational awards, such as intellectual freedom awards from both the National Council of Teachers of English and The American Library Association. She also received the prestigious PEN First Amendment Award and was awarded the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) President’s Award for “significant contribution to the teaching of English in the State of Florida.”

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Chapter 1. Literacy Within the Disciplines

     The Problem With Reading Strategies

     Unpacking Disciplinary Literacy

     Deeper Learning and Disciplinary Literacy

     Disciplinary Literacy and Standards

     The Role of the Teacher

     Disciplinary Reading, Writing, Inquiry, and Collaboration

     Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter 2. Reading Within the Disciplines

     The Benefits of Reading Within the Disciplines

     Shifts for Reading Within the Disciplines

     Reading Within Science

     Reading Within Math

     Reading Within History and Social Studies

     Reading Within ELA

     Questions (and Answers) About Reading Within the Disciplines

     How to Get Students Reading in Every Discipline Every Day

     Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter 3. Writing Within the Disciplines

     Benefits of Writing Within the Disciplines

     Shifts for Teaching Writing Within the Disciplines

     Writing Within Science

     Writing Within History and Social Studies

     Writing Within Math

     Writing Within ELA

     Questions (and Answers) About Writing Within the Disciplines

     How to Get Students Writing Within the Disciplines

     Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter 4. Inquiry Within the Disciplines

     Inquiry and Disciplinary Literacy

     Shifts for Implementing Inquiry Within the Disciplines

     Inquiry Within Science

     Inquiry Within History and Social Studies

     Inquiry Within Math

     Inquiry Within ELA

     Questions (and Answers) About Inquiry Within the Disciplines

     How to Get Students Inquiring Within the Disciplines

     Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter 5. Collaborative Learning

     The Power of Collaboration

     Collaborative Learning by Any Other Name

     Vocabulary: The Tool of Disciplinary Talk

     Shifts for Implementing Collaborative Learning Within the Disciplines

     Collaboration Within Science

     Collaboration Within Math

     Collaboration Within History and Social Studies

     Collaboration Within ELA

     Questions (and Answers) About Collaboration Within the Disciplines

     Activities for Collaborative Learning Within the Disciplines

     Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter 6. This Is Disciplinary Literacy

     Enter: Food Lit

     Literacy Alive

     Campfire: Literacy and Food

     A Student Perspective

     Collaboration and Community

     Class Meals: A Metaphor for Community

     Service-Learning at Home

     Cross-Culture Connections

     An Administrative Perspective

     Students as Learners, Students as Presenters

     The Power of Disciplinary Literacy