Content Area Literacy: Definition & Instructional Practices


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What is content area literacy?

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1. What is a schema?

2. How can you help students determine what matters in a content area text?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is a simple way to make sure you're processing fundamental terms and methods of content area literacy correctly.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments allow you to evaluate your knowledge of the definitions and applications of:

  • Content area literacy
  • Schema
  • Helping students determine what matters in content area texts
  • Specialized vocabulary
  • Activating students' prior knowledge on topics

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define content area literacy, schema, and specialized vocabulary
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding helping students identify what matters within content area texts
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to pick out a good method of activating prior student knowledge

Additional Learning

To learn more about this area of reading instruction, you can access the accompanying lesson called Content Area Literacy: Definition and Instructional Practices. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with the key considerations of teaching content area literacy
  • Understand the importance of explicit instruction
  • Learn about strategies to activate student knowledge as well as help them to deal with specialized vocabulary and figure out what's most significant in a content area text