A high school mathematics teacher talks through the steps involved in solving a math problem, modeling for students the vocabulary and decision-making actions involved in developing literacy in math. This video accompanies Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey’s column, “Disciplinary Literacy as Social Justice,” in the May 2023 issue of Educational Leadership.
Identifying key ideas and supporting details
These 6th grade students work on their own and with partners to navigate a text about Ancient Egypt. The teacher helps her students to identify key ideas, discuss details, and draw inferences from what they’re read.
Using multiple sources of information
Watch as this 11th grade history teacher orients her students to the vast array of materials on the Civil War, including images, maps, and texts. Next, students use graphic organizers to help navigate the written texts.
Thinking like an historian
This Washington, DC high school history class frames history as an argument about the past, teaching students to think like historians — in this study of America’s Great Migration.
Teacher Suzanne Herko describes how she teaches her Humanities students about the strategies and structures of Reciprocal Teaching. Watch students discuss literature in small groups while playing the role of discussion leader, summarizer, questioner, or predictor.