Educators help students recognize and understand the nuances of a discipline by using strategies that “make their thinking visible.” They promote classroom reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking using authentic materials that support the development of content-specific knowledge. They guide students through these complex texts by using strategies that develop conceptual understanding of language and set expectations for relevant application of skills. These literacy practices deepen students' content knowledge, strategies and skills so that their learning transfers to real world situations, DPI 2011.
Literacy in science, an explanation:
Communication (thinking, speaking, listening,
reading & writing) in science allows us to consider our prior knowledge and
explore new perspectives while we ask scientific questions, make sense of data,
explain and defend our reasoning as we interact with the natural and designed world. Disciplinary Literacy Team, summer 2011.