Language Across the Curriculum in the Elementary Grades

By Christopher Thaiss
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CoverIn Language Across the Curriculum in the Elementary Grades, Christopher Thaiss explores the use of writing in classrooms from grades one through six. Drawing on first-hand observations of classrooms, interviews with teachers, and analysis of student work, he argues that "language across the curriculum is something that happens continuously in classrooms and in homes and on playgrounds, whether we wish it to or not, and that much learning—when we really mean learning, not just clockwatching—can't happen without it."

Publication Information:Thaiss, Christopher. (1986). Language Across the Curriculum in the Elementary Grades. Urbana, Ill: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills and the National Council of Teachers of English. Available at

Publication Date: March 15, 2011


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Series Editor: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University

Table of Contents

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Front Matter



1. The Mind and the Word

2. Making Every Subject Language Rich

3. "You Ought to Get a Book and Do Some Research, Too": Learning through Language in Math and Science

4. Tales from the Author's Office: Language and Learning in First Grade

5. Being Normal, Being Labeled: Language and the Learning-Disabled Child

6. "If I Saw the President, He'd Probably Call My Mom": The Many Uses of Language in the Speech Therapy Class

6. Language, Language Everywhere: Learning in Grade Six

About the Author

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