Literacy Integration

The Language Arts Florida Standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for preparation in college and career readiness in multiple disciplines such as social studies, science, mathematics, and the arts. As students learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language, they must be able to do so proficiently across all content areas. It is the role of the teacher to scaffold student support in navigating through all text types, including multi-media formats, to develop proficient literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using language in all disciplines.

Integrated Literacy Block Through An Interdisciplinary Approach

Instruction in English language arts and content-area standards should not occur in isolation, but through an integrated, interdisciplinary approach. More engaging and relevant teaching and learning experiences can occur through interdisciplinary instruction. This practice not only provides for increasing one’s depth of knowledge, but also enhances the opportunity to build proficient literacy skills across a variety of print and digital texts in multiple genres through authentic collaboration.

This graphic, which depicts an exemplar elementary level instructional model, demonstrates how integration of literacy skills should be the foundation of all teaching and learning experiences throughout the entire school day and in all content areas. In the 180-minute integrated literacy block, English language arts standards are embedded through all instruction, supporting students in developing proficient literacy skills within all content areas.

As students develop new literacy skills, they should be provided frequent opportunities to apply their learning through meaningful performance tasks. Careful analysis of student authentic work products will guide teachers with informing their instructional practice, to ensure that every student is provided a differentiated plan for learning that will maximize their potential for developing proficiency in literacy.

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