LITERACY

Disciplinary literacy is an emphasis on the shared ways of reading, writing, speaking, and thinking within a particular content area or academic field. Disciplinary literacy practices are cultural constructions that are not learned simply by observation, and it is AVID’s philosophy that educators need to make explicit the discipline-specific literacy practices of their content area in order for students to know how to read, write, speak, and think like mathematicians, historians, scientists, and any other content expert.

The AVID College and Career Readiness Framework


How Literacy Fits into the Framework

What Students Need

  • Rigorous Academic Preparedness: Disciplinary literacy supports students’ academic preparedness and success across all content areas.
  • Opportunity Knowledge: Disciplinary literacy supports students in understanding and developing skills to read, write, speak, and think like a professional in related career fields.
  • Student Agency: Disciplinary literacy supports students in applying their learning to demonstrate knowledge and achieve success.

What Educators Do

  • Insist on Rigor: AVID instructional practices and literacy routines equip all educators schoolwide to develop their students’ disciplinary literacy skills through gradual release of responsibility.
  • Break Down Barriers: As AVID-trained educators make explicit the discipline-specific literacy practices of their content area, they promote access, equity, and success for all students.
  • Align the Work: AVID supports educators in clarifying how developing disciplinary literacy skills contributes to the mission of college and career readiness for all students.
  • Advocate for Students: An AVID Schoolwide culture promotes high expectations for all students to develop disciplinary literacy skills and become successful in our global society.

LITERACY


Disciplinary literacy is an emphasis on the shared ways of reading, writing, speaking, and thinking within a particular content area or academic field. Disciplinary literacy practices are cultural constructions that are not learned simply by observation, and it is AVID’s philosophy that educators need to make explicit the discipline-specific literacy practices of their content area in order for students to know how to read, write, speak, and think like mathematicians, historians, scientists, and any other content expert.

The AVID College and Career Readiness Framework


How Literacy Fits into the Framework

What Students Need

Rigorous Academic Preparedness:
Disciplinary literacy supports students’ academic preparedness and success across all content areas.

Opportunity Knowledge:
Disciplinary literacy supports students in understanding and developing skills to read, write, speak, and think like a professional in related career fields.

Student Agency:
Disciplinary literacy supports students in applying their learning to demonstrate knowledge and achieve success.

What Educators Do

Insist on Rigor:
AVID instructional practices and literacy routines equip all educators schoolwide to develop their students’ disciplinary literacy skills through gradual release of responsibility.

Break Down Barriers:
As AVID-trained educators make explicit the discipline-specific literacy practices of their content area, they promote access, equity, and success for all students.

Align the Work:
AVID supports educators in clarifying how developing disciplinary literacy skills contributes to the mission of college and career readiness for all students.

Advocate for Students:
An AVID Schoolwide culture promotes high expectations for all students to develop disciplinary literacy skills and become successful in our global society.


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