Literacy for Learning in the Content Areas
What is Literacy?
Literacy is the ability to use language to communicate and interpret the knowledge and ideas of others, as well as our own. Literacy involves the integration of reading and writing, along with speaking, listening, viewing and critical thinking in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
Educators throughout Florida are working hard to increase literacy in the content areas with the aim of supporting deeper learning, critical thinking and preparedness for college and career.
Where do we see the literacy standards?
Literacy standards are an integral part of all course descriptions, K-12. They are intended to enhance content area instruction by deepening student learning, thinking and ability to communicate effectively. The Florida Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects found in grades 6-12 provide a roadmap for where we want to go, but effective implementation requires professional commitment at all levels.
This site offers a variety of resources for content-area teachers, ELA teachers, and literacy coaches to support your students’ learning through instructional strategies using writing, reading, viewing and oral literacy skills.
Resources for Standards-Based Instruction
Language Arts Florida Standards
English Language Arts
Literacy in the Content Areas
- Writing – WHST 6-12 (PDF)
- Reading in History and Social Studies – RH 6-12 (PDF)
- Reading in Science and Technical Subjects – RST 6-12 (PDF)
EQuIP Rubrics (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)
Designed to build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.
- Florida ELA Grades K-2 Rubric (PDF)
- Florida ELA Grades 3-12 Rubric (PDF)
- Links to supporting resources (PDF)
Articles & Tools
- Reading Comprehension Strategies Across the Content Areas (PDF)
- Tips & Resources for Supporting Literacy in the Content Areas (PDF)
- What is "Authentic Text"? (PDF)
- Using Authentic Text for Deeper Learning (PDF)
- Complex Text Part 1: Quantitative Measures (PDF)
- Complex Text Part 2: Qualitative Measures (PDF)
- Complex Text Part 3: Reader and Task Considerations (PDF)
- Why should students write across the curriculum? (PDF)
- WestEd Postsecondary Text Demand Study (PDF)
- Using the Graphic Organizer for Extended Thinking (PDF)
- Keeping it Real with genuine audience and purpose (PDF)
- Language and Style: Instructional Mini-lessons/Resources
- Literacy Integration Strategies for Career & Technical Education - 2016 NGCATER Workshop (PDF)
- Close Reading vs Reading Strategies Instruction - A Comparison Chart (PDF)
- Argument Essay Outline example (PDF)
- 6 Great Ideas for Summer Learning (Handout for parents) (PDF)
Lesson Ideas for Integrating Literacy
Links to Further Resources
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE)
- National Writing Project: Teaching Writing Lesson Links
- National Writing Project: Spotlight on Literacy
- Read Write Think: teacher resources for integrated literacy K-12
Florida Department of Education Links
- Florida Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
- Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Portal
- Library Media Services
- Just Read, Florida!
- CPALMS: course descriptions, standards, resources, professional development tutorials and interactive tools
- Florida State Statute 1003.41 - Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
Writing for Learning
“…Writing is best understood as a complex intellectual activity that
requires students to stretch their minds, sharpen their analytical
capabilities and make valid and accurate distinctions. … Writing is not
simply a way for students to demonstrate what they know. It is a way
to help them understand what they know. At its best, writing is learning.”
From The Neglected 'R': The Need For A Writing Revolution, The National Commission on Writing In America's Schools and Colleges
Dr. Denise Barrett
Literacy in the Content Areas Specialist
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 424
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400