Being an English teacher, sometimes you must reach beyond your content area for material to assist you in engaging students and diversifying their skills as readers and writers. What literacy looks like in an English classroom is first learning the basics of reading and writing, and then delving deeper into analysis and complex thinking. The job of an English teacher is not limited to simply teaching literacy in the common understanding of the word. We need to teach a literacy that will transcend the words on a page and find greater purpose in other content areas.
To complete this task, we as English teachers must provide the resources necessary for students to become immersed in multiple genres and topics. We can provide readings from the sciences, history, math, business, communications, philosophy, and so many others to aid our students in finding their passion, and becoming well versed in the common vernacular of what it is they want to do with their lives.