2nd Edition

Literacy in the Disciplines, Second Edition A Teacher's Guide for Grades 5-12

By Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Diane Lapp Copyright 2024

    This successful guide--now in a revised and expanded second edition--gives teachers effective strategies to support adolescents' development of relevant literacy skills in specific disciplines. Demonstrating why disciplinary literacies matter, the authors discuss ways to teach close reading of complex texts; discipline-specific argumentation, communication, and writing skills; academic vocabulary; and more. The book draws on revealing interviews with content-area experts and professionals in history, science, mathematics, literature, the arts, and physical education. Teacher-friendly tools include 21 reproducible forms that also can be downloaded and printed, "Try It On" practice activities, lesson plans, chapter anticipation guides, and links to recommended online teaching videos.

    New to This Edition
    *Chapter on assessment.
    *Chapter on disciplinary literacies beyond school--in civic, professional, and personal life.
    *Expanded coverage of math, more attention to evidence and sources used in different disciplines, new and updated expert interviews, and advice on how both teachers and students can use AI tools productively.
    *Anticipation guides that invite reflection on key questions before, during, and after reading most chapters.

    I. The Literacy of the Disciplines
    1. What Is Disciplinary Literacy?
    2. What Are the Literacy Demands of Experts in the Disciplines?: Talking with Scientists, Historians, Mathematicians, Authors of Fiction, Musicians, Artists, Athletes, and Technical Experts
    3. Literacy in Civic, Professional, and Personal Life
    II. Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines
    4. Saying It Well: Instruction That Supports Academic Language Development in the Disciplines
    5. Choosing the Right Words: Instruction That Supports Academic Vocabulary Use in the Disciplines
    6. Arguing It Well: Instruction That Supports Communication in the Disciplines
    7. Reading It Carefully: Instruction That Supports Reading in the Disciplines
    8. Reading It Closely: Instruction That Supports Close Reading in the Disciplines
    9. Writing It Down: Instruction That Supports Writing in the Disciplines
    III. Routines That Support Learning in the Disciplines
    10. Organizing It Well: Using Organizational Structures in the Disciplines
    11. Presenting It Well: Using Multimodal Tools in the Disciplines
    12. Assessing It Well: Assessment That Supports Student Learning in the Disciplines
    Conclusion. What’s Next for Literacy in the Disciplines?: Going Beyond College and Career Readiness


    Thomas DeVere Wolsey, EdD, teaches graduate courses in research and literacy and leads professional development for teachers throughout the United States, including on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, as well as in Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and elsewhere. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books for teachers and teacher educators, most recently on the topic of teaching refugees and displaced students. Dr. Wolsey has developed training materials for the California Department of Education, TextProject, San Diego State University, and other institutions and programs. His research and writing explore the intersections of literacy and technology, middle grades and secondary literacy practices, teacher preparation, and green school design.

    Diane Lapp, EdD, is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Lecturer in the Department of Educational Administration at San Diego State University. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school and currently serves as an Instructional Coach at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. Dr. Lapp’s research and instruction focus on issues related to struggling readers and writers who live in economically deprived urban settings, and their families and teachers. Widely published, she has received the Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the International Literacy Association (ILA), as well as the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, ILA’s highest individual honor. Dr. Lapp is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and the California Reading Hall of Fame.

    "If you are a teacher in grades 5–12, you need this book! Wolsey and Lapp have crafted an engaging, thoughtful work that is chock-full of hands-on, research-informed resources for teachers. Myriad examples and vignettes help us understand what it means to be effective communicators and producers of knowledge in math, history/social studies, science, English, the arts, physical education, and technical areas. The first edition of this book was excellent, but the second edition is even better--new content has been added and the ideas have been finely honed based on nearly a decade of teacher input."--Cynthia H. Brock, PhD, Wyoming Excellence Endowed Chair in Literacy Education, University of Wyoming

    "Instructional possibilities jump off each page. The insights in this impressive book provide secondary teachers in all content areas with a fresh lens through which to view literacy in a rapidly changing world. As an ELA teacher of 25 years, I felt my perspective shift while reading about these imaginative and grounded literacy strategies and the thinking behind why they work."--Patrick Ganz, MAT, English teacher, Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    "Finally--a guide for content teachers that emphasizes the importance of what teachers teach for how they teach. Wolsey and Lapp provide concrete, research-based, classroom-tested best practices that will serve all content teachers. The second edition of this book is a treasure trove of resources."--Danny Brassell, PhD, reading motivation expert and former teacher educator