The Importance Of Content Area Reading

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Prior to opening Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (Vacca et al., 2014), I had never thought of literacy as something that was vital to a high school math class. I was under the assumption that math was comprised of working through problems with students to find the solution, but I now recognize that there is greater knowledge to teach and learn. Chapter one of Content Area Reading opened my eyes to the importance of teaching content literacy. A study conducted by Harold Herder (1964) demonstrates this point, for he found that “students who used ‘study guides’ to read a physics text significantly outperformed those students who did not use guides to read the content under study”(Vacca, 2014, p. 18). Students …show more content…
I’ve always understood that literacy is imperative to our daily lives, but have never considered content specific literacy or its importance. William S. Gray is credited with saying, “Every teacher is a teacher of reading,” and after reading this chapter I now have a stronger understanding of this statement. Content area teachers must teach their students the strategies and skills that are necessary to succeed when reading content specific text, whether that be their textbook or video lessons. Secondly, I learned how heavily literacy is integrated into the Common Core State Standards, when they are implemented properly. Vacca (2014, p. 9) states that the CCSS “position students to become more active in their use of literacy skills by discovering concepts and processes that lead to independent learning.” Ultimately, the CCSS aspires to aid students to “develop independent learning habits”(Vacca, 2014, p. 9). These independent learning habits can also be supported by how teachers implement and teach …show more content…
I was surprised to read how the term literacy has changed over time and all of the meaning that it now holds. “Literacy has morphed to characterize someone’s level of knowledge or competence in a particular area or subject,” according to Vacca (2014, p. 12). Reading and writing were the first concepts that would come to my mind when thinking of the word literacy, therefore, I was shocked to read how “complex and multidimensional the concept of literacy”(Vacca, 2014, p. 12) has become. Computer literacy, digital literacy, information literacy, media literacy, and health literacy are just a few examples of this concept. As society’s ability to communicate has evolved, so has the concept of literacy. Astoundingly, literacy is as multifaceted and adaptive as the human

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