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Embedding Literacy

Mar 8, 2013 7:26am

What strategies are you using to embed literacy across all content areas? What have you found to be most successful?

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • Pre K-12
  • Common Core / Differentiation / Engagement / Planning


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    • Mar 9, 2013 3:12am

      I've always used read alouds in the content area. I've collected a variety of materials (books, articles, poems) to correlate with our social studies concepts , science and math too. Students respond to story especially!

      I also make sure to include writing in all areas. So for example this week students will write a historical journal entry from the point of view as a canal worker or passenger from 1800's.

      • Jul 23, 2013 12:38pm

        Using primary sources has been very successful when embedding literacy. For example using receipts and accounting ledgers for math.

        • Jul 23, 2013 12:45pm

          I found a great resource at the ISTE conference this summer called ActivelyLearn [] that allows you to embed questions into a text, have students answer, then comment on each others' statements. It would be rgeat for any subject area, and it promotes collaboration.

          • Jul 23, 2013 12:46pm

            I agree with Natalie. Use of primary resources to provide evidence to support arguments in science.

            • Jul 23, 2013 6:42pm

              If you are in secondary science or social studied, the Common Core literacy standards are an awesome tool for delivering your content while also promoting literacy. You can read the standards here if your school hasn't yet implemented the framework.

              History/social studies:

              Science and Technical Subjects:

              Hope this helps!

              • Aug 19, 2013 7:41am

                I use a word wall for all of the subjects I taught. I think using your contents vocabulary is the easiest way to incorporate literacy into other subject areas.

                • Sep 5, 2013 8:11am

                  All good responses. THinking back on all that you do, will probably give you more to celebrate in this area than you think!