On the National Improvement Hub, Education Scotland have published a resource to support Literacy Across Learning in Secondary Schools.
This resource can be used in sections at INSET or at department meetings to explore literacy across learning in curricular areas. It can also be used in its entirety as a means of checking on progress and next steps for departments as they work on literacy across learning.
The listening and talking section identifies the key areas for focus of these skills:
- Active listening
- Group discussions
- Individual talk
Guidance is given on assessment and effective feedback.
Reading strategies are provided to support coverage of the themes and enable learners to read using higher order skills:
- analyse and evaluate new information
- synthesise ideas and apply learning in unfamiliar contexts, with increasing independence
- develop critical literacy skills, including the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion
- recognise persuasive language and evaluate the reliability and relevance of sources.
There is also practical advice on choosing appropriate texts of the correct level of challenge and supporting learners as they access these texts.
Writing across the subject areas is supported in several areas:
- type and purpose of the writing
- agreed criteria for success (differentiated to meet the needs of all learners and build on prior learning)
- support for planning
- opportunities for individual or peer evaluation
- time for learners to review and edit their writing.