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
6-8th Grade Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
9-10th Grade Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
11-12th Grade Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
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.
Encyclopedia Britannica Webinars
SIRS Discoverer Tutorials
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.
- Monday –What’s Going On in This Picture? A new feature about visual literacy, critical thinking, and Times photo journalism.
- Tuesday – History and social studies
- Wednesday – Science and health
- Thursday – English language arts and fine arts
- Friday – Quick interdisciplinary tasks to help students practice critical thinking skills
- 12 Ways to use New York Times Learning Network in the classroom.
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.
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.
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
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.
BBC News: Science and Environment Current science news articles that are short in length, but high in quality.
Discovery Science Part of the 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.