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Unit 2: Content Literacy in the Technical Subjects, K-5

This unit provides an overview of the role the elementary grades play in building the foundational literacy competencies that students need to master content knowledge in the technical subjects in
K–5, in secondary education, and beyond. The unit focuses on the technical subject area of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) as an example, but conceptual ideas and practices are applicable to all other technical subjects.


Throughout and upon completion of Unit 2, you will:

  • Understand the shared responsibility of both the multiple subject K–5 teachers and specialist teachers in developing their students’ literacy and discipline-specific content competencies in the technical subjects
  • Be introduced to the connections between the CA CCSS for
    ELA/Literacy, K–5 and the California VAPA Content Standards,
    Prekindergarten through Grade 12 (as an example of
    a technical subject)
  • Be introduced to some of the K–5 instructional design
    considerations of an integrated model of literacy approach
  • Explore technical subject teachers’ emerging ideas about integrating
    the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy, K–5 with the California VAPA
    Content Standards

The information presented in this unit will help educators gain a deeper understanding of the CCSS as they relate to literacy instruction and learning in the technical subjects in elementary school. These subjects in K–5 include VAPA, world language, physical education, technology, etc. For additional information about subject-specific content standards and frameworks, visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Standards and Frameworks Web page.