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Running Head: INTEGRATING LITERACY ARTICLE 1 Integrating Literacy Article Hannah Preheim Grand Canyon University: SEC 540 15 July 2020
Literacy Breakdown By Hannah Preheim Written July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020 PARENTS AND EDUCATORS, Frederick Douglass wrote that “once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Through studying ship names at the harbor and writing letters with a stick in the dirt, Douglass communicated the value of literacy in the life of a child. Understanding how to read and write became his way to escape slavery. Literacy holds immense value. Due to this immense value, our school will integrate it across all classes and content. Teachers will work to ensure that all students see the value of literacy in all subjects. Reading and writing have the potential to make vast changes if students are given the proper tools for success. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. This article’s aim is to inform parents and teachers of interdisciplinary literacy and fluency, theories related to these processes, and how cross-disciplinary instruction supports the need for literacy in all content areas. I will begin the article by defining interdisciplinary literacy and, from there, expand on its role in the classroom and its history. INTERDISCIPLINARY LITERACY AND FLUENCY: HISTORY AND DEFINITION Around the 1960’s, the concept of interdisciplinary learning saw a resurgence in education. Teachers and schools formulated more “collaborative units, and creativity came to be considered the most important element in curriculum design” (Jacobs, n.d., pp. 1). For a time, the focus shifted from this concept of learning and

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