Content-Area Literacy Equity & Access

Disciplinary Literacy: Why It Matters and What We Should Do About It

Author: Elizabeth Birr Moje

Summary: Why should we help students learn how to read, write, and speak in different disciplines (e.g., science and social studies)? Watch this keynote address to meet Elizabeth Birr Moje who believes that when students learn the literacy particular to each discipline, they gain access to advanced learning opportunities. Moje positions disciplinary literacy as a social justice issue and offers rich questions that could serve as writing prompts and lead to challenging, substantive discussions.

Original Date of Publication: April 6, 2010

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Original Source: National Writing Project,