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3.1.1 Reading Many Types of Texts in Technical Subjects

Reading many types of texts is crucial to building knowledge in technical subjects. Students of technical subjects must critically read various text types including: the written word; discipline-specific language; notations; and symbol systems.

Time to Read

 Select the link below to read the “Note on Range and Content of Student Reading” from the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy regarding the important role content area reading plays in preparing students for college and career.

Note on range and content of student reading

Reading in the technical subjects requires students to read both literal English language texts as well as complex discipline-specific texts that contain unique symbol systems, syntax, and visual representations. Some examples are: a painting; field conditions in agriculture; a dance; road conditions; a theatre production; or viscosity of engine oil. This type of reading is specified in the CCR Anchor Standard below:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Time to View

View the video below for a discussion of the close study of primary documents:


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Time to Reflect

Reflect on your curriculum and consider the different types of texts students read in their technical courses. In your Metacognitive Journal, list the different types of texts you use in your technical courses.



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