Week 10

The two overarching genres across disciplines are fiction and non-fiction. Within the respective genres there are sub-genres such as mystery and romance. The further one looks at literacy within a specific content area, the more dominant the use of one genre becomes. Science focuses on the realm of non-fiction. English and Social Studies go back and forth between both genres. For example, historians demonstrate literacy in a way that’s relevant to their discipline. Historians have to identify biases, time periods, and collect information from multiple sources (Hotchkiss and Hougan, 2012). When it comes to my science classes, literacy is also demonstrated and assessed through a specific lense. When I am assessing students, I’m looking for them to able to read and translate text,diagrams, and graphs. This is all with the goal in mind that students can ask and answer questions related to the natural world. Scientific literacy is inquiry based. The genre that we use explain natural phenomena is non-fiction.When a student is asked to analyze a text, they are also required to provide evidence to support their assessment. The meaning of evidence is different depending on the discipline. In science, evidence could mean experimental data used to support a hypothesis.This would not be the case in an English or Social Studies class.The purpose for collecting evidence also shifts based on discipline. Science journalism for example, will collect evidence via research to learn more background information about a topic, the associated technical terms, and as a jumping point to find more credible resources (Kohnen, 2013).In my own classes, evidence comes in the form of experimental results. Students are posed with a question (Example: How effective is the capture/recapture method for counting large populations?). Through experimentation, my students were able to test the capture/recapture method and draw a conclusion about its effectiveness and purpose. Across disciplines, there is a common reasoning for the use evidence, it is meant to to improve authenticity. Whether it’s Science or English, the work turned in needs to be authentic. For example, if a student is writing a story about life in the 1800s, they want to be as realistic as possible. If the main character is riding a horse to travel versus a car, evidence through history shows that horseback was a common mode of transportation during that time period. In science, if you claim that sugar makes a person fat, you use experimental data to improve the validity, or authenticity of the claim.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      It was very interesting to see you wrestle with the notion of genre in this post.

      Scientific literacy is inquiry based. The genre that we use explain natural phenomena is non-fiction.

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