Developing Content Area Literacy in the Classroom


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Developing Content Area Literacy in the Classroom
Bean notes that content area literacy is a cognitive and social practice involving the ability to read and write about multiple forms of print. Developing multiple literacies is about connecting with the world, with people, and with diverse understandings of what we experience. Students can directly increase their knowledge through reading, but everything they read is interpreted through their own experience base. Turning a critical lens to their own experiences, students can understand how this viewpoint, and interpretations of print, verbal, visual, and multimedia forms may affect their conception of fact and fiction, and therefore their own version of reality. Listed below are a...
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.....Understanding these deep concepts may not be achieved immediately in the classroom, but there must be attention paid to the contextual imbalances present in both curriculum and in the social world. There is a necessity for teachers to clarify these imbalances in order for students to take advantage of multiple forms of information, and develop skills to critically assess media.
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