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Secondary ELA Book Study – Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry & Instruction

September 1, 2022

Chapter 1: The Case for Disciplinary Literacy

Join the ADE English Language Arts Team for a FREE Secondary ELA Focused 8-week book study. Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 MST time. Everyone is welcome!

Text: Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry & Instruction by Jacy Ippolito, Christina L. Dobbs, and Megin Charner-Laird

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According to Joan Sedita, research shows that extended time for literacy, which can take place across language arts and content-area classes, improves adolescent literacy achievement in middle and high schools. This text explores the idea that disciplinary literacy doesn’t ask all teachers to be general reading teachers; it asks all educators to empower students to adopt and eventually adapt the language, genres, and modalities prized by each discipline — to give students the tools to take on professional identities. By combining the RAND model for reading comprehension with collaborative cycles of inquiry, Ippolito, Dobbs, and Charner-Laird connect effective professional learning to shifts in classroom practice. The resulting framework supports teachers and leaders in designing the disciplinary literacy teaching and learning experiences that students need to succeed within and beyond school. This book provides research-based frameworks, guiding questions and examples, and lots of stories from teachers who have already walked the path of Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry and Instruction — it’s for educators who want to take ownership of their own learning alongside like-minded colleagues, and raise the achievement of all their students.

Participants must register for each week’s session individually. All participants who register in EMS, read their chapter, and attend the book study will be given 2-hours PD credit. Certificates will be in EMS and no record of attendance will be emailed.

Zoom link will be individually emailed to registrants the day of the webinar. Registration closes at 10 AM on Thursdays.


  • 9/1 Chapter 1 – The Case for Disciplinary Literacy
  • 9/8 Chapter 2 – Learning to Teach Disciplinary Literacy
  • 9/15 Chapter 3 – Text as a Focus for Disciplinary Literacy
  • 9/22 NO MEETING
  • 9/29 Chapter 4 – Tasks as a Focus for Disciplinary Literacy
  • 10/6 Chapter 5 – Students as a Focus for Disciplinary Literacy
  • 10/13 Chapter 6 – Culture as a Focus for Disciplinary Literacy
  • 10/20 Chapter 7 – Considering Contextual Factors
  • 10/27 Chapter 8 – Co-constructing the Future that Teachers and Students Need
ProgramArea:K-12 Academic Standards
  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact Arizona Department of Education.
  • Contact Name: Lauren Spenceley
  • Phone No: 602.364.2267
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