Reading Across the Disciplines


Reading and reading skills are essential for our students' academic success.  However, getting them to read and teaching them to read academic texts can be challenging for any instructor.  Below are resources on selecting course readings, motivating students to read, and instructional resources to teach reading in the disciplines.

Creating Effective Course Reading Lists

An effective reading list supports course content and assignments. Readings are appropriate for students' discipline knowledge and reading level.   Moreover, there should be a reasonable number of readings as part of the workload of your course. 

Please see Tips for Creating an Effective Course Reading List to learn more. 

Motivating Students to Complete Course Readings

Include quizzes about readings or reading journals to motivate students to complete readings.   You may consider highlighting the relationship between the readings and course assignments, and highlighting readings in course discussion to help students see the relationship between readings and the course.   Finally, consider discussing reading conventions in your discipline, creating discipline vocabulary lists, and/or previewing readings in class to ensure students have the skills to complete readings.

Please see Motivate Students to Complete Course Readings to learn more.

Instruction Resources for Teaching Reading Skills

Below are some instruction resources for teaching reading across the disciplines.    Please contact CTL Writing Support if you would like to discuss any of these resources or teaching reading in general.  We are hoping to collect more instructional resources on reading.   Do you have a resource that you have found useful in your class?   Please contact CTL Writing Support if you would be willing to add it to this list. 

Please see all Word documents below entitled Instruction Resource.  With appropriate credit to the original author, please feel free to adapt any of these items for your own teaching.