Text-Based Writing Across Disciplines intends to show more precisely how to ensure opportunities for students to engage in discipline-specific literacies or learning that uses reading and writing skills specific to each field to teach content knowledge, demonstrate content knowledge and publish learning. Text-based writing grounds students in complex, grade-level texts, or “anything that communicates a message” (Interdisciplinary Literacy Practice 1), meaning that students engage with a wide range of multimodal texts across disciplines and grade levels.

Each sample task below is aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for each content area as well as the KAS for Reading and Writing standards.

Use this resource to support the implementation of existing High-Quality Instructional Resources (HQIRs) adopted by school districts as well as educators teaching in districts that have not yet adopted a primary HQIR in reading and writing. The tasks should not replace adopted HQIR but should serve to supplement instruction towards the full depth and rigor of the Kentucky Academic Standards.

For more information regarding high-quality literacy curricula, districts and school leaders may access The Reading and Writing Instructional Resources Consumer Guide, a tool for evaluating and selecting instructional resources for alignment to the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Reading and Writing.

Writing to

Writing to Learn is an instructional strategy used to promote learning as students engage with complex texts, or “anything that communicates a message.” Writing to Learn provides opportunities for applying, extending and developing skills and helps students reflect on their learning or reading.

Writing to
Demonstrate Learning

Writing to Demonstrate Learning assesses how well students are understanding the content, skills or concepts they encounter in complex text or instruction. Teachers use this type of writing to provide opportunities for students to apply and demonstrate the skills they have learned and to assess students’ understanding of the subjects they are studying.

Writing for

Writing for Publication allows students to become subject matter experts who communicate their learning to the world, requiring them to make considerations for the needs of their audience in an authentic context beyond the school community. These publications require students to read and write as disciplinary experts do within their respective fields.

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