Liberty University Disciplinary Literacy Discussion Response

The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among candidates in regard to relevant current course topics. You are required to submit one thread of 400-500 words in every module/week in which a forum is assigned. Journal articles, quotes, or text references, must be cited using APA formatting rules. Your biblical worldview must be included using Scripture to support your thoughts.

For the most part, we’ve been discussing the application of reading strategies across our contents in an effort to increase our students’ literacy skills. However, not only do we need to consider the importance of utilizing reading strategies to increase our student’s understanding, we must also recognize that different contents – especially at the secondary level – must also consider specific sets of reading skills. The skill involved in teaching students to not only read within the content, but to read using skills specific to the content is known as disciplinary literacy and is becoming a more and more important skill for educators to develop. Disciplinary literacy activities may move beyond summarizing and questioning to emphasizing reading and writing practices specific to subjects – encouraging students to read like historians, mathematicians, or scientist (Chauvin and Theodore, 2015; Shanahan, 2012).

Based on what you’ve seen and read, what are the values to educators of not only teaching students content-area reading skills, but specific disciplinary literacy skills as well? What specific considerations should teachers make when planning instruction to find ways to incorporate disciplinary specific reading opportunities? Provide an example of a way that you could incorporate disciplinary specific reading opportunities into your classroom.

Chauvin, R. and Theodore, K. (2015). Teaching content-area literacy and disciplinary literacy. SEDL Insights, 3(1), 1-10.

Shanahan, T. (2012). Disciplinary literacy is NOT the new name for content area reading. [Blog post: Shanahan on Literacy]. Retrieved from