Shanahan & Shanahan, 2017, in their article, “Disciplinary Literacy: Just the FAQs” address some of the key questions behind the need for Disciplinary Literacy. What does it mean to teach literacy skills embedded within a specific discipline?
We have already reviewed their first two questions and answers:
- Why does the Common Core include disciplinary literacy standards?
This week we will discuss their third question which is:
3. But don’t disciplinary subjects have their own standards already?
Yes, it’s true that other disciplines have their own standards; however, the literacy standards were created as a supplement to these disciplinary standards (p. 20). For example, the social studies standards delineate what content needs to be mastered, but the literacy standards reinforce the skills that can undergird and communicate that learning. Both standards work together for student learning.