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Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

The Three Big Shifts in Literacy for Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects:

  • Building knowledge through reading content-rich nonfiction
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary

Standards

6-8th Grade Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects CCGPS

9-10th Grade Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects CCGPS

11-12th Grade Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects CCGPS

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) Tools embed literacy standards into content area instruction. They provide teachers with templates, strategies, and quick access to articles for designing literacy-intensive units. By asking students to engage in the reading writing and thinking of the discipline, students investigate content through relevant projects and tasks.

Literacy and Learning Resources

Georgia Literacy Wiki Strategies to help students with critical aspects of learning: engaging in a task, understanding a prompt, active reading and note-taking, transitioning to writing, and writing.

GALILEO Quick screencasts on how to utilize this tool easily and effectively.

Galileo Overview NEW LINKS

Encyclopedia Britannica Webinars NEW LINKS

SIRS Discoverer Tutorials NEW LINKS

New York Times Learning Network Lesson plans for using current and past New York Times articles in the classroom. Teachers can also search for past lessons and topics.

LearnZillion Screencasts of CCGPS lessons for literacy. While labeled ELA, they are perfect for reading and writing in content classes.

The Teaching Channel High quality videos of model lessons, research-based strategies, and analysis of great teaching.

Disclaimer: The videos below are examples of strategies that can be adapted for teach GPS. As they are not Georgia classrooms, teachers must ensure their lessons align with GPS before deciding on one the strategies below.

All About Student Literacy (Adlit.org) Strategies and ideas for teaching students skills for reading and writing across content areas.

Instructional Strategies Online Examples and explanations of research-based instructional strategies.

Reading Rockets.org “Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.”

Instructional Strategies for Engaging Learners Activating, cognitive, and summarizing instructional strategies for engaging learners.

Social Studies

Docs Teach Ready-to-use tools for teaching documents in the classroom and thousands of primary source documents selected from the national archives.

Read Like a Historian Lesson plans developed by Stanford University Professors on how to approach historical primary and secondary sources from as professional historians do.

Science and Technical Subjects

Literacy in CTAE Lesson plans and videos to help incorporate reading and writing instruction into CTAE.

Strategy Alignment Strategies for teaching each of the science and technical subject literacy standards. Created in partnership between the Oconee River GYSTC and Northeast Georgia RESA - 2012

The Natural Inquirer The Natural Inquirer is a FREE middle school science education journal that contains real research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service.

Science News For Kids The name says it all, “Science News for Kids.” You can save and download articles as PDF files!

BBC News: Science and Environment Current science news articles that are short in length, but high in quality.

Discovery Science Part of the CCGPS Science Literacy Standards requires students to compare information from different resources, including videos. Discovery has wonderful, up-to-date science videos.

NASA News Current articles, blog posts, videos, webinars and lessons from NASA.

Science Daily An aggregator of science research, updated daily.

Earth Observatory Articles, blogs, videos, and photographs about the planet Earth

E! Science News Popular Science news articles.

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