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Intended Audience:

Teachers of Content Area Subjects (Grades 6-12), Administrators, District and School Leaders


This workshop was held as part of a Summer Workshop Series facilitated by ISBE during the Summer of 2012. This workshop presents the need for addressing literacy in the Content Areas Subjects; it provides examples of strategies which teachers of the Content Area Subjects can implement and which are connected to the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.

Suggested Use for this Document:

  1. Begin by presenting the need for content area literacy by providing the participants with the statistics on slides 2 and 3.
  2. Allow participants time to reflect upon and discuss the questions on slide 4.
  3. When presenting slides 5 and 6, introduce the participants to the 6 Shifts found in the ELA Common Core State Standards and relate these shifts to the demands of Content Area Subjects.
  4. Slide 7 provides its viewers with background information on proficient readers.
  5. Slides 8-15 contain examples of instructional strategies which are connected to the CCSS and which can be implemented in the Content Area Classrooms.
  6. Slides 16-18 present close reading, which is vital to achieving the goals of the CCSS as well as to being successful in the Content Area Classes. Allow plenty of time for the participants to view the YouTube video on slide 18 as well as to discuss the example of close reading at the secondary level which it presents.
  7. Slide 19 lists the Resources which might be helpful in addressing the demands of Content Area Literacy.

Materials Necessary:

  1. Power Point: "Content Area Literacy"
  2. Slide notes (may be used as a guide for the presenter)
  3. Handouts can consist of sample readings which the presenter selects from textbooks or articles from the Content Areas. These can be utilized by having the participants practice what is being presented by reading the articles and applying one or two of the strategies described in slides 8-15.

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