Literacy for Learning in the Content Areas

What is Literacy?

Literacy is the ability to use language to communicate and interpret the knowledge and ideas of others, as well as our own. Literacy involves the integration of reading and writing, along with speaking, listening, viewing and critical thinking in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes.

Educators throughout Florida are working hard to increase literacy in the content areas with the aim of supporting deeper learning, critical thinking and preparedness for college and career.

Where do we see the literacy standards?

Literacy standards are an integral part of all course descriptions, K-12. They are intended to enhance content area instruction by deepening student learning, thinking and ability to communicate effectively. The Florida Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects found in grades 6-12 provide a roadmap for where we want to go, but effective implementation requires professional commitment at all levels.

This site offers a variety of resources for content-area teachers, ELA teachers, and literacy coaches to support your students’ learning through instructional strategies using writing, reading, viewing and oral literacy skills.

Resources for Standards-Based Instruction

Language Arts Florida Standards

Florida Standards Implementation Guide - English Language Arts (PDF)

English Language Arts​

Literacy in the Content Areas

Why So Many Versions of the Literacy Standards? (PDF)

EQuIP Rubrics (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)

Designed to build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.


Articles & Tools

Lesson Ideas for Integrating Literacy

Links to Further Resources

Florida Department of Education Links


Writing for Learning

“…Writing is best understood as a complex intellectual activity that requires students to stretch their minds, sharpen their analytical capabilities and make valid and accurate distinctions. … Writing is not simply a way for students to demonstrate what they know. It is a way to help them understand what they know. At its best, writing is learning.”

From The Neglected 'R': The Need For A Writing Revolution, The National Commission on Writing In America's Schools and Colleges