This course utilizes a disciplinary literacy approach that teaches students strategies for reading and understanding complex texts in different subject areas. Students learn to develop and defend ideas from textbooks and write about them in college-level formats for English, history and biology. The unit structure conforms to the framework of the Literacy Design Collaborative, which addresses college- and career-readiness standards.
The course consists of eight units, with three units in English and language arts, three units in history and two units in science. Discipline-specific content is at the forefront of the curriculum, and literacy skills specific to each discipline are emphasized in the reading and writing assignments.
Literacy Ready Outline
- English Unit 1: Informational Text: The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr
- English Unit 2: Fictional Text: Ubik, by Philip K. Dick
- English Unit 3: The Dream’s The Thing: A Midsummer
Night’s Dream and Literary Criticism
- History Unit 1: The Civil Rights Movement
- History Unit 2: The Cuban Missile Crisis
- History Unit 3: The Vietnam Conflict
- Science Unit 1: Nutrition
- Science Unit 2: DNA and Biotechnology
Schools may select either unit 2 or unit 3 for ELA and history after teaching unit 1. The recommended sequence of units is as follows: English Unit 1, History Unit 1, Science Unit 1, English Unit 2 or 3, History Unit 2 or 3, Science Unit 2