A multimodal approach to teaching literacy within disciplinary subjects in secondary schools can support students’ learning and understanding. These resources are designed to help you explore this approach and to demonstrate how it would work in your classroom.
Most subjects taught in the secondary curriculum are multimodal. This means that students need to be able to make meaning from a combination of modes, including sound, gestures, speech, images and text. Digital components of lessons may include pictures, video and audio as well as written text. Graphs, tables and maps, for example, provide information that needs interpretation and the ability to do so may depend prior cultural knowledge or experience.
What the resources cover
Each resource examines the pedagogy of a multimodal approach, providing practical strategies for embedding it in the classroom. Different resources cover examples for each of:
- Design Technology (DT)
We've also provided recommendations for books, websites and research reports that provide further help on developing and supporting reading in secondary schools.
You might also be interested in
PremiumA compilation of recent research and policy developments to support whole-school and disciplinary literacy in secondary schools.View details about Secondary School Literacy Research and Policy Guide
FreeSupporting schools and early years settings with literacy teaching resources to help enrich your lessons linking to literacy moments and awareness days throughout the academic year.View details about Literacy teaching and school events calendar 2023-2024
FreeA free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, to boost secondary students’ literacy, leadership abilities and confidence.View details about Becoming by Michelle Obama: supporting literacy and PSHE education (Key Stages 3-5)