The Recipe for Creating Content Literate Students: Reading + Writing = Understanding
Troyer, Joseph David
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The Senior Individualized Project (SIP) that I have studied and written deals with the relationship between students' literacy (reading and writing) and their ability to think about and clarify content specific information. Content specific literacy is a students' ability to understand, reason with, and use information specific to an academic content for personal benefit. Throughout the SIP process I have looked at and read many sources that deal with this very subject. The authors of these books and articles seem to agree that often students do not understand how to read and write across curriculums. During my time of student teaching I decided to make a conscious effort to help students improve on their social studies literacy. My mentor and I developed pre-reading, reading and post-reading activities that were designed to teach students how to approach reading textbooks, newspapers, periodicals, and watching the evening news. There is still much research that needs to be done on this subject as well as more specific activities for all content areas that should be instituted at all grade levels in all schools and states across America.