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Resources on Using Literacy Skills in Mathematics

How to can we deepen our understanding of math by using 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.  

In mathematics, incorporating reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking in instruction provides students with opportunities to develop literacy in mathematics while deepening their mathematical knowledge, conceptual understanding, and skills. 

Writing in Mathematics

Beyond the Write

Beyond the Write

This article from the Mathematics Teaching in Middle School journal shows how incorporating writing into mathematics instruction can deepen understanding.

Journal Writing in the Mathematics Classroom

Journal Writing in the Mathematics Classroom

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provide an overview on a beginner's approach to journal writing in a mathematics classroom.

Integrating Writing and Mathematics

Integrating Writing and Mathematics

This article from The Reading Teacher discusses ways to integrate writing into mathematics instruction.

Speaking and Listening in Mathematics

Construct Viable Arguments

SMP #3: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others

This blog post by Steve Leinwand, from the American Institutes of Research and author of Accessible Mathematics, discusses the importance of Standard for Mathematical Practice #3. 

Inside Mathematics

Inside Mathematics 

Teachers who are developing students’ capacity to "construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others" require their students to engage in active mathematical discourse. This resource shows how to facilitate discourse in a mathematics classroom. 

Mathematical Literacy Resources

Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy

This document describe ways students engage with the mathematical content as they progress from K-12. Literacy is integrated with the learning of mathematics as teachers connect the practices with the content standards. It also illustrates how the components of literacy permeate throughout the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Capacity Building Series

Capacity Building Series:  Asking Effective Questions

The Capacity Building Series is produced by the Student Achievement Division in Ontario Schools.  This article focuses on asking effective questions to provoke student thinking/deepening conceptual understanding in the mathematics classroom.

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