Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Reading Teacher

Volume

69

Issue

1

Publication Date

7-1-2015

First Page

25

Last Page

33

DOI

10.1002/trtr.1351

Abstract

According to recently published national standards, elementary students should engage in engineering design activities. This article outlines ways that teachers can use literacy instruction to support young students’ engineering design activity, such as by selecting texts in which characters face problems that can be solved through engineering, providing students with opportunities to practice comprehension strategies while reading those texts, and modeling for them how to write a variety of texts that are relevant to engineers’ practices. The authors describe how they integrated this type of literacy instruction into engineering units in third- and fifth-grade classrooms.

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