These cards were created to help emphasize the idea of “disciplinary literacy.” What does this mean? It means that in your content area, students need to learn to think, read and write as if they were a member of the field. For example, in social studies students need to learn how to think like a historian. So when they read texts, they are looking for important people, details that explain events, and the surrounding contextual evidence that helped shape moments in history. A scientist, on the other hand, looks for facts to support his or her hypothesis. A scientist responds to counter arguments and looks to prove theories. A literary professor tries to take apart stories, understanding their parts so they can better understand the big message of the piece. A mathematician, then looks for patterns, tries to organize figures and works to make categorical sense of things that just don’t belong.
These cards are divided into three categories, so they can be used throughout the lesson. DO NOW cards, which can be used in any content area to help kids use text to guide their thinking, THINK LIKE A …cards which can be used to help develop this sense of disciplinary literacy. The last section, EXIT TICKETS, can be used to assess whether students got the lesson, and may provide guidance about their overall progress as a disciplinary thinker.