Kayeleigh Hardy~Reader's Profile

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What is disciplinary literacy instruction?

Disciplinary literacy instruction requires a set of skills that are specialized in certain content areas (Shanahan & Shanahan, 2008). I had never heard of disciplinary literacy instruction and did not realize that this is the highest on the literacy development scale, but now I have found that every person has their own reader profile which varies depending on the person.

Why is there a significant need for disciplinary literacy instruction?

Before reading Mentoring Students in Disciplinary Literacy, I never paid attention to how or why or what texts I enjoyed reading. Of course, there are some times that we have to read nonchoice texts, or texts that we are not as enthusiastic about. As teachers, we can play a significant role in these dynamics of identity formation (Buehl, 2011).
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My Reader Profile

What: I enjoy reading the news, magazines, blogs, and books that later became movies.

Where: I read in bed, on the beach, and while traveling. I can never read in the car due to motion sickness.

When: My favorite time to read is before bed, so I can fall asleep easily.

How: If I find myself having to reread because I am not paying attention, I begin to read out loud.

Why: I read the news because I like to keep up with the world and I read for entertainment.

Disciplinary Literacy

I feel the most confident as a Literacy Fiction reader. I feel the least confident as a Mathematics and Biological Science reader. When the text is confusing, I look at pictures and figures to try and decontextualize the information.
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More About My Profile as a Disciplinary Reader

I enjoy and choose to read literary fiction, as well as history and social studies.

I have never been taught how to take on mathematics, physical science and biological science.

I am not interested in technical and health and fitness as topics, but I do not find them challenging to read.

As An Educator...

Since I am about to graduate and become a teacher, I think it is important to push my future students to read and fall in love with books across all subjects. Even though I do not feel confident reading all different genres, I will teach my students how to read different subjects so they might be more interested. I am excited to set up my class library, which is going to be organized with bins that separate each genre.


Buehl, Doug, (2011). Mentoring students in disciplinary literacy. Developing readers

in academic disciplines (chapter 1). Retrieved from


Shanahan, T. & Shanahan C. (2008). Teaching disciplinary literacy to adolescents:

Rethinking content-area literacy. Harvard Education Review. 78(1). 40-58.