“Disciplinary literacy refers to the specialized literacy practices of a particular disciplinary domain or area (e.g. mathematics, history, biology). These practices include the ways that scholars identify, evaluate, use, and produce the wide range of texts and information or data sources typical of their particular discipline, including the specialized reading, writing, and communication practices used to analyze, produce, and share information. Disciplinary literacy also includes specialized vocabularies and communication norms that shift across purposes and audiences authentic to the discipline. Some scholars include ways of thinking about text and communication as a part of disciplinary literacy.
Disciplinary literacy instruction helps students learn the content and practices of important academic disciplines and also helps them develop critical literacy and thinking skills. This includes, but is not limited to, the use and production of a wide range of texts. Disciplinary literacy instruction also helps to prepare students for critical media consumption, college level learning, and a range of career trajectories.”
-From Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms