Literacy in all Subjects

Wisconsin's Approach to Disciplinary Literacy

In Wisconsin, disciplinary literacy is defined as the confluence of content knowledge, experiences, and skills merged with the ability to read, write, listen, speak, think critically and perform in a way that is meaningful within the context of a given field. 

Foundations for Disciplinary Literacy 

To guide understanding and professional learning, a set of foundations, developed in concert with Wisconsin’s Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning, directs Wisconsin’s approach to disciplinary literacy.

  • Academic learning begins in early childhood and develops across all disciplines.
  • Content knowledge is strengthened when educators integrate discipline-specific literacy into teaching and learning.
  • The literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking improve when content-rich learning experiences motivate and engage students.
  • Students demonstrate their content knowledge through reading, writing, listening, and speaking as part of a content-literate community
  • For more information on the foundations, please review the document on Wisconsin's Foundations for Disciplinary Literacy

Please visit the following resources to download, print, or order printed copies of the State Standards for Literacy in All Content Areas

Resources to Support the Disciplines

These interactive resources were created for educators to provide the space to spark discussion, share, and network about disciplinary literacy in their subjects matter.