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Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities. Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12)

  • ID: 2785603
  • Book
  • May 2014
  • 216 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities

In this age of the Common Core State Standards, all content area teachers must integrate literacy standards into their curriculum. If you’re like most content area educators, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of applying the new standards, or you might just need a little extra help.

In this hands–on resource, Common Core literacy expert Katherine McKnight offers secondary teachers a clear understanding of what literacy looks like in English Language Arts (ELA), social studies, and other humanities–related subjects. She gives educators proven teaching techniques that will help them to develop literacy skills in their students. The book offers a wealth of practical strategies and activities that content area teachers can integrate seamlessly. Included are

  • A selection of activities that support literacy skills and build content knowledge
  • Ideas for implementing the literacy requirements of the Common Core in specific content areas
  • An easy–to–use Difficulty Dial that indicates the complexity of each activity
  • Robust student samples that bring the activities to life across a variety of grade levels

Praise for Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities

“McKnight eloquently dispels much of the mythology surrounding the new standards, and explains how to help students find success. You’ll find this engaging book your ‘go–to’ resource for implementing the Common Core!”
— Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., Educational Consultant; Author, Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century

“While this book would be a gift to any beginning teacher, its practical and comprehensible support for literacy as defined by the Common Core State Standards makes it a must–have for all teachers.”
— Laura Garner, Language Arts Coordinator, Berkeley County (South Carolina) Public Schools

“This is a must–read for all middle and high school content area teachers! McKnight shows how every strategy in the book supports student achievement of the Common Core.”
— LeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed., Educational Consultant; Coauthor, Deeper Learning and Bringing the Common Core to Life in K–8 Classrooms

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Tables and Figures ix

About the Author xi

About Staff Development for Educators xiii

Preface xv

Chapter One: Why Does Content Literacy Matter? 1

Chapter Two: Deepening Reading Comprehension Skills and Content Knowledge 9

Chapter Three: Effective Content Area Writing Strategies 61

Chapter Four: Speaking and Listening in the Content Area 85

Chapter Five: Developing Academic Language 91

Chapter Six: Learning Centers and Student–Centered Activities 131

Chapter Seven: Technology Tools for Twenty–First–Century Learning 153

Chapter Eight: Helping Students Become College and Career Ready 167

Appendix A: List of Bonus Web Downloads 173

Appendix B: Literature Circles Resource Guide 175

Appendix C: Resources and References 187

Index 191

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Katherine S. McKnight
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