Active Literacy Across the Curriculum : Connecting Print Literacy with Digital, Media, and Global Competence, K-12 book cover
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Active Literacy Across the Curriculum
Connecting Print Literacy with Digital, Media, and Global Competence, K-12

ISBN 9781138909571
Published September 26, 2017 by Routledge
168 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Help students become more confident and successful readers, writers, and thinkers in today’s world. In this new edition of a bestseller, highly acclaimed author and speaker Heidi Hayes Jacobs offers practical ideas for closing the literacy gap by teaching classic literacies (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) along with essential new literacies (digital, media, and global). The expanded second edition features Heidi’s latest work on the new literacies and provides enhanced versions of strategies designed to help educators integrate critical language skills into their daily operational curriculum. These strategies include:

    • Revising and expanding the role of all teachers so that they see themselves as classical language and contemporary literacy teachers;
    • Separating vocabulary into three distinctive types with distinctive instructional approaches to sustain and extend independent language development;
    • Building creative and visual notetaking and sketchnoting strategies;
    • Designing media projects for every class level and employing a consistent editing and revision policy for writing assignments;
    • Using a formal approach to develop speaking skills through four discussion types to increase civil public discourse;
    • Employing direct technical instruction that promotes the use of the human voice and body as a speaking and communication instrument;
    • Using Curriculum Mapping to develop formal benchmark assessments for active literacy and new literacy cultivation in every subject and on every level.

Each chapter is focused on a specific strategy and includes practical examples so you can easily implement the ideas, no matter what grade level or subject area you teach.

Table of Contents

  1. Forword

  2. Acknowledgments

  3. Meet the Author

    Introduction: Essential Strategies to Nurture the Literate Learner: Classical and Contemporary

    1. Updating Roles: Every Teacher Becomes a Contemporary Literacy Teacher
    2. Developing Three Types of Words with Classical Approaches and Digital Tools
    3. Activating Notemaking: Extraction, Reaction, and Sketchnoting
    4. Editing and Revising Classical Writing and Media Production: A Consistent Developmental Policy to Support Student Independence
    5. Face to Face in Real and Virtual Space: Speaking, Listening, and Discussion Types
    6. Tuning the Speaking/Listening Instrument: Giving Voice Lessons in Each Classroom
    7. Activating Literacy in Our Plans: Upgrading Curriculum Maps K-12




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Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is President of Curriculum Designers, Inc. She is a bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction, having consulted on issues pertaining to curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction, and 21st-century strategic planning.


"Lifting words and ideas off the page or screen and into the hearts and minds of students. That’s what Heidi Hayes Jacobs advocates and that’s what she shows us how to do. Students cannot be passive consumers of texts, but rather active participants in constructing knowledge and taking action based on that knowledge. That’s the new definition of literacy that can transform the learning experience for teachers and students alike."

Douglas Fisher, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College

"In this second edition of Active Literacy Across the Curriculum, Heidi connects refreshed contemporary literacy strategies to contemporary teachers in every class and in every grade level. She connects teachers to digital tools to interact, connect globally, and make media. She connects ideas about different types of vocabulary, different forms of notetaking, and different types of discussion. She invites teachers to connect their work to each other by documenting their contemporary upgrades in a collaborative curriculum map. This culture of connection increases transparency and opportunities to collaborate as literate 21st century citizens.

This is how we prepare our learners for the future."

From the Foreword by Mike Fisher,

"Moving forward into the 21st century, it is vital for teachers/educators to constantly be 'upskilled' in the use of new methods of preparing learners for the future, and revising their own practices. Literacy is at the core of learning and we must familiarise ourselves with new techniques and methods of achieving best outcomes for students. As a teacher of more than 25 years in the Australian system, this book offers a fresh view to 'active literacy' and how, as teachers, we could and should be engaging students in the 21st century."

– Angie Wilcock, High Hopes Educational Services, Sydney, Australia

"I have had the pleasure of having heard Heidi speak twice as Massachusetts venues. Her ideas are still with me; she throws out her multiple keys on a key ring, shown on an overhead: the individual keys are the various disciplines—the ring itself insists that they "work" together –a perfect visual of writing across the curriculum. This is my guiding principle within my undergraduate Composition I courses, as well."

– Claire-Marie Heart, North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA

"Over the course of my career, I have read many professional books and articles. Active Literacy Across the Curriculum ranks among the best. It offers an attainable vision of the future, and includes specific direct action teachers and administrators can take now to move ahead effectively."

Theresa Wood, MiddleWeb, April 22, 2021,