- Identify the key shifts in ELA and Social Studies.
- Identify shift connections between the curricular areas.
- Reflect on critical components of ELA Standards and where/how they fit into Social Studies.
View the webinar: Building Literacy in Elementary Social Studies: A focus on the Shifts prior to engaging in this investigation. (Web seminar duration: 1:02) Click here for the PowerPoint slides used in this webinar.
Karen Tankersley states in her book, Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the The Threads of Reading (ASCD 2005), "The reading process does not end with comprehension. In the adult world, people do not ask friends or colleagues to recall specific information from a book or article they have read. Instead, they ask for an opinion on a lead story, or for analysis of the latest Wall Street trend, or for an interpretation of a controversial article…”
With this in mind, read the article: Literacy As the Link: Common Core Standards and Content Area Teaching by Ginni C. Fair & Jason Fair (Association for Middle Level Education)
Finally, watch the video: Learning to Read the Core: A View from 30,000 Feet (video length: 13:29)
- As you consider the quote, article, and video, what similarities do you find?
- What differences do you find?
- What implications for practice and discussion with your team would you highlight from synthesizing these three.
Engagement 3: Connecting Social Studies and the ELA Shifts
- Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards by Rich Cairn (Teaching with Primary Sources, Library of Congress)
- You Want Me to Read What?! by Timothy Shanahna (Educational Leadership; 71:3, November 2013)
- What is the impact of primary sources related to the Common Core? The Common Core State Standards and History Education (from Engaging America: Teaching and Learning American History)
- Docs Teach
- Teaching Like A Historian
- C3 Teachers
- NY Toolkit: Open sourced materials
- Teaching History
- Tech tools for annotating: Diigo
- Beyond the Bubble
- Bringing History Home
- NCSS Notable Trade Book Lists
- Third Grade Photo Analysis Using Source, Observe, Contextualize, Corroborate
- Analyzing Segregation Images
- Close Reading Strategy with Non-Fiction Text (Whole Class)
- Close Reading While Determining the Main Idea (Partners)
- Determining Where an Image Should Placed on the Classroom Timeline (3rd grade)
- Close Reading (Introduction to Close Reading 1st/6th/9th)
- Close reading strategies in Interactive Read Aloud Kindergarten
- Close Reading Community
- The Gettysburg Address 1st Grade
- Analyzing Images Slavery or Sharecropping? (group of three 3rd graders)
- Comparing Images SOCC Analysis Guide (3rd and up)
- Image Analysis Guide (Upper Elementary)
- Image Analysis Guide Sheet (Lower Elem.)
- KWL Chart (2nd grade and up)
- Document Analysis Guide Sheet (Upper Grades)
- Document Analysis Guide Sheet (Lower Elem.)
- Together, refine and improve a lesson you currently have by emphasizing the ELA shifts and social studies disciplinary strategies from this investigation. For a collection of lesson planning templates and guides, click here.
- Develop a formative or summative assessment combining literacy and disciplinary social studies skills.
Upload your artifact (lesson or assessment) by posting a new blog in your team's group space. The title of your blog should include the lesson or assessment name, the body should contain a brief description of the lesson or assessment, and the lesson can be uploaded as an attachment. Tag your post with "Connecting SS and ELA Artifact."