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Getting to the Core of Literacy for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, Grades 6–12
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Getting to the Core of Literacy for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, Grades 6–12



June 2013 | 264 pages | Corwin
This book helps content-area teachers develop a clear understanding of the the Common Core State Standards for Reading and Writing in History/Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects Giouroukakis and Connolly provide sample CCSS-based content-area lessons from real teachers in the field. Their in-depth analysis of these lessons will help educators develop their own CCSS-aligned subject-specific lessons.
 
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Overview of Chapters  
Lesson Format  
Lesson Selection  
Best Practices  
 
Part I. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
 
1. Understanding the CCSS: An Overview
What Are the CCSS for Literacy in the Content Areas?  
How Can We Use Backward Design to Create Curriculum that Addresses the CCSS for Literacy in the Content Areas?  
How Do the CCSS for Literacy in the Content Areas and Backwards Design Relate to the Theories of Dewey, Bloom and Gardner?  
 
2. The Benefits of the CCSS for the Teaching of Reading in the Content Areas
 
3. Reading Lessons in History/Social Studies 6-12
Key Ideas and Details  
Nationalism: THe Good, the Bad, the Ugly (U.S. History, Grades 6-8)  
Craft and Structure  
Social Causes of New Imperialism (World History, Grades 9-10)  
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
Vietnam: The Human Face of an Inhumane Time (US History, Grades 11-12)  
 
4. Reading Lessons in Science and Technical Subjects
Key Ideas and Details  
Bonus Science Articles (Biology, Grades 11-12)  
Craft and Structure  
Vocabulary Videos (Computer Apps, Grades 9-10)  
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
Continental Drift (Earth Science, Grades 6-8)  
 
Part II. Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
 
5. The Benefits of the CCSS for the Teaching of Writing in the Content Areas
 
6. Argument Writing Lessons
Social Studies  
Mock Trial: Native Americans & European Colonization ( U.S. History, Grades 6-8)  
Science  
Boyle's Law (Chemistry, Grades 9-10)  
Technical Subjects  
Fantasy Basketball (Sports Marketing, Grades 11-12)  
 
7. Informative/Explanatory Writing Lessons
Technical Subjects  
Math in Everyday Life (Math, Grades 6-8)  
Science  
Earth Day (Earth Science, Grades 9-10)  
Social Studies  
The Montgomery Bus Boycott (U.S. History, Grades 11-12)  
 
8. Ensuring Success With the CCSS for Literacy in the Content Areas
What are Best Practices for Addressing the CCSS for Literacy in the Content Areas?  
Success Stories Involving Content Area Teachers Working Together  
Accessing Support Through Technology  
Ten Tips for Getting to the Core of the Common Core for Literacy in the Content Areas  
Conclusion  

“This hands-on, research-based guide presents classroom-tested lessons and ideas for modifying existing lessons to meet the challenges of the CCSS. The authors also emphasize 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, with technology and life and career skills components. Getting to the Core clearly breaks down key tenets of the CCSS, deftly addressing both timely topics (cyberbullying, social justice, and graphic novels), as well as more traditional secondary English experiences (Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, the Gettysburg Address, and The House on Mango Street). This melding cements the important place this book deserves on the shelf of any current or aspiring English educator.”

Lawrence Butti, English Instructional Leader
Mineola High School, Garden City Park, NY

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Introduction

Chapter 3 Reading Lessons in History/Social Studies


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