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Language and Academic Disciplines

Feb 09, 2016 2016-02-09

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Language of Academic Disciplines

An initiative of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Understanding Language aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The long-term goal of the initiative is to increase recognition that learning the language of each academic discipline is essential to learning content. Researchers in the Graduate School of Education are synthesizing knowledge and developing resources to help ensure that teachers can meet their students’ evolving linguistic needs as the new standards are implemented. The unit from Understanding Language titled “Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts” shows instructional approaches that are likely to help English learners meet some of the new standards in English language arts. The lessons address literacy goals and build on students’ background knowledge and linguistic resources. Built around a set of famous persuasive speeches, the unit supports students in reading a range of complex texts. It invites them to write and speak in a variety of ways and for different audiences and purposes.

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