The Importance Of Teaching Content Area Literacy

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Content area literacy can positively impact students through strengthening vocabulary development, improving their language arts skills, and fostering a better retention of knowledge. Teaching reading strategies to use in the content area can help students retain the knowledge you impart to them – making them smarter, problem solvers, and critical thinkers (Greenwood, 2010).Secondary teachers are willing to teach content area literacy if they can be shown that it will positively impact their student achievement. (Ming, 2012) In many cases, the teachers are hesitant to teach content area literacy because of a feeling of inadequacy. Teachers need to be shown that they too can teach literacy in their subject areas.
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Two ways to teach content area literacy with technology are through virtual field trips, and software use on projects (Jacobs, 2002). Virtual field trips allow the student to explore a new place or topic. Virtual field trips can be assessed with a variety of projects that activate a student’s problem solving skills. Use of new software helps a student become more tech-literate in our increasingly hi-tech world. Time can be spent teaching a new software skill before a unit that includes practice activities for the student. The new software can then be integrated into an assignment that assesses the knowledge gained throughout a unit is fun for the student and can make interesting oral …show more content…
With a stronger vocabulary, the student understands the words he or she is reading; they then can begin to understand the meaning of the text. Students must be able to read and understand text to be able to improve language arts skills such as conduct research on topics, gather and evaluate evidence, and communicate what they have read to others. Writing is a valuable tool used to communicate what a student has read, and how much they understand of it. Teachers in all subject areas benefit from knowing how to teach students the writing process. Prewriting, rough drafts, revising, editing, and publishing should be experienced by the student in the content area. Projects can be crafted based on topics of interest within the

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