Wisconsin's Approach to Disciplinary Literacy


Download and Print Wisconsin Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects

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In addition to the Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning, there are several foundational statements about disciplinary literacy that inform teaching and learning in Wisconsin. To read more about each principle, click on the foundations below.


Resources to Support each Discipline:

These links will take you to a Google website for the subject area chosen, written by the DPI consultant for that area with significant assistance and support from subject-area educators in the field. They are meant to be resources for educators, but also interactive; teachers can (and are encouraged to) comment, upload, and network about disciplinary literacy in their discipline.

Click on any subject to learn more.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship

Art and Design Education


Business and Information Technology


Dance Physical Education
English Language Arts Science
Environmental Education Social Studies
Family & Consumer Sciences Technology & Engineering
Health Education World Languages
Health Science Occupations


To see individual sections of the entire document, click below.

Research Supporting Disciplinary Literacy



Wisconsin Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Education Network (WAMPEN)

The following videos, highlighting disciplinary literacy in advanced manufacturing, are produced cooperatively between WAMPEN, Northcentral Technical College, Wausau West and East, Spencer, and DC Everest, with production from Fox 55, Wausau.Learn more about the WAMPEN project at www.wampen.org. Find an explanation of all WAMPEN literacy strategies here. Find references used by WAMPEN in the creation of these strategies here. For more research-based literacy strategies, please visit http://www.wirticenter.com/strategiesbank/.

Introduction to Literacy Strategies


Literacy Skills and Comprehension


Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction

                                    Find more vocabulary resources at http://bit.ly/WIvocab


Disciplinary Literacy as a Means of Building Engagement


Scaffolding Reading Comprehension by Identifying Prior Knowledge


Incorporating Writing Into All Classes


PowerPoint: Disciplinary Literacy: Why a Priority? - On the first screen, just enter your name; no recording key is necessary. This PowerPoint was given before we had a definite URL for the Disciplinary Literacy website. All information is located here.

Narrated PowerPoint: Disciplinary Literacy 101

University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Children's Book Center

Presentation to All Milwaukee Public School Teachers on March 9, 2012 Shows Shifts Needed in the Classroom for CCSS Implementation

Example of Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies



What is "Career Ready"? - Association for Career and Technical Education

Career Readiness - Association for Career and Technical Education

Center on Instruction

College and Career Readiness Standards and Assessments

College and Career Readiness Standards

Common Core State Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide between College and Career Readiness

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

CTE in Math (videos at the bottom of page)

Doing What Works

Washington, DC: Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 2010

Learning Forward

The Hunt Institute Literacy in Other Disciplines
How ELA Standards apply -- and require mastery -- across several disciplines (History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects)

National High School Center focus on College and Career Readiness

"Pathways to Prosperity Project" - Harvard School of Education

Statewide Leadership

Teaching Channel

Techniques Magazine - Published by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Writing in a Digital Age


For questions about this information, contact Laura Adams (608) 267-9268