Reading in the Content Area

No matter the content area, students are expected to understand the vocabulary and read directions, articles, and other information about the topic. In particular, students in Advanced Placement courses will need to read multiple choice questions, performance tasks, and free response questions.

These videos were developed by Dr. Neil Witikko, associate professor of education at the College of St. Scholastica, who teaches a graduate education course on reading in the content area. The videos outline strategies for helping students read in computer science, especially for texts that are at a college-level.

Watch the following videos:

Reflection Activity

Reflect on and discuss the following questions:

  • Why is it important for students in computer science courses to have strategies for reading?

  • What is your sense for the reading level of students in your school and course? Will they need extra support or will they need additional challenge?

  • What other supports do you need to help students reading content in computer science?