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Supporting Secondary Teachers’ Critical Disciplinary Literacies

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Jeanne Dyches, Iowa State University

Publisher: Iowa State University Digital Press

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Residential Segregation and Parable of the Polygons
  • What Can We Do About Climate Change? A Socratic Seminar in Biology
  • Debating through the Lens of Interpretive Communication
  • Examining Poverty in Latin American Countries: A Poster Carousel
  • Using Cornell Notes to Guide Students Watching “Music” Episode of Explained
  • Using RAFT to Analyze Pascal’s “Claim-to-fame”
  • Gender Inequality, Fishbowl Discussion
  • Annotating Informational Text and Literary Non-Fiction in ELA
  • The Great Depression: Jigsaw Method
  • Addressing The Effects of Minimum Wage Through Collaborative Conversation
  • Using the Fishbowl Strategy to Discuss Book Banning
  • Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman; Venn Diagrams
  • Analyzing “War Girls” using a TPCASTT Guided Close Reading
  • Finding Imagery in “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou with The Response Heuristic
  • Collaborative Discussion About How Viruses are Spread
  • Using Read-Write-Pair-Share to Discuss Housing Insecurity
  • Brave New World: Using the Character Anatomy in Critical Literacy

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  • About the Book

    Co-created with students in the course EDUC 395: Teaching Disciplinary Literacy and supported by CDL experts, this textbook offers accessible, research-based, multidisciplinary CDL strategies ready for implementation in secondary classrooms.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Jeanne Dyches, associate professor at Iowa State University, examines applications of critical disciplinary literacies in secondary classrooms and tensions and synergies between canonical curricula and critical pedagogies. Dr. Dyches is interested in better understanding how practitioners teach canonical texts in disciplinary-specific, justice-oriented ways. Her work has been published in journals such as English EducationHarvard Educational ReviewJournal of Curriculum StudiesJournal of Teacher Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Various organizations have recognized the quality of her research and teaching.


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