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3.8 Unit Summary

Authentic reading in the context of technical subjects provides the student reader a real-world basis for demonstrating understanding. This “authenticity” is a catalyst for developing literacy sensibilities in the student.

To be a fluent interpreter of technical subjects, readers must be able to decode the technical symbols and notation systems related to the subject and have a working understanding of the language specific to that subject. Interpretation of the language is also linked to the formats used in the specific subject areas. For example, script formats for movies differ from script formats for theatre or television.

Proficient readers in technical subjects understand that, while there are terms that have similar meanings common to more than one discipline, often there are terms that seem similar, but have different definitions.

Technical subject reading is exercised in various forms. Technical subject readers are exposed to text in context of the need of the subject: traditional paper-printed, Web-based, or multi-media.

In this unit you have discovered:

  • The organization and content of the Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6–12 and their relationship to the CCR Anchor Standards for Reading
  • That reading “texts” within the technical disciplines goes beyond the written word
  • Sample lesson ideas by technical subjects’ teachers which incorporated the Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6–12 into their diverse technical subject courses