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Literary inquiry practices to bring to your ELA class

History, science and math students are trained to think like historians, mathematicians and scientists when they tackle questions and problems in class.

Researcher Emily Rainey says it’s time English language arts (ELA) students learn to use the same disciplinary tools and practices as literary scholars when they work with a literary text.

“Although English language arts (ELA) is a central academic domain in K-12 schooling, the application of disciplinary literacy theory to ELA is relatively under-developed, leaving policymakers, teachers, and teacher educators without clear ways of understanding and applying the theory to their work for the benefit of young people,” says the author in a recent study published in Reading Research Quarterly.