Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Part 1

This introductory module defines literacy in the disciplines. Learners will receive an overview of the connections between the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. They will then have guided practice examining, discussing, and creating learning activities for their students that integrate the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core Literacy Standards for disciplines in grades 6-12.

5 weeks, 0.5 CEU

Currently scheduled sections

Instructional goals and learning objectives

  1. Recognize the components of the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-12. You will:
    1. Identify the vision and intent behind the Common Core literacy standards.
    2. Identify the ways that the concept of literacy has changed.
    3. Identify the standards in your discipline.
    4. Reflect on your current practice.
  2. Explain the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6–12 that apply to your discipline. You will:
    1. Analyze the Common Core Literacy Standards for your discipline.
    2. Design a Web 2.0 presentation that showcases some aspect of the Common Core State Standards for literacy in your discipline.
  3. Analyze a task integrating North Carolina Essential Standards in your discipline and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy. You will:
    1. Analyze a learning activity within a lesson.
    2. Identify the Standards addressed in the learning activity.
    3. Evaluate the ways that literacy was incorporated into the learning activity.
  4. Create a task using North Carolina Essential Standards in your discipline and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy. You will:
    1. Create a learning activity that addresses a specific literacy standard in your discipline.
    2. Share your learning activity and provide a critique of learning activities developed by other participants in the course.

Alignment to North Carolina standards

Course schedule

  1. Week 1: Background and Rationale
    1. Discussion Forum: Introductions
    2. Introduction and Pre-assessment Survey
      Activity: Journal reflection
    3. Page North Carolina Vision for Literacy
      Discussion Forum: The Evolving Definition of Literacy in our Digital World
  2. Week 2: Recognizing the Components of the Common Core State Literacy Standards in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
    1. The Intent of the Literacy Standards
      Activity: Journal reflection
    2. Career and College Readiness Anchor Standards and Disciplinary Literacy
      Discussion forum on literacy in your discipline
  3. Week 3: Applying and Explaining Literacy Standards for Your Discipline
    1. Applying the Common Core Literacy Standards in Your Discipline
      Activity: Watch videos and complete a graphic organizer
    2. Showcasing Your Understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Your Disciplines
      Activity: Use a Web 2.0 tool to explain Common Core State Standards for Literary in your discipline
    3. Discussion Forum: Share your comics or animations.

  4. Week 4: Analyzing and Evaluating the Use of Standards Within a Learning Activity
    1. Analyzing a Learning Activity Page
      Activity: Watch a video of a lesson, analyse the literacy standards and complete a graphic organizer.
      Group discussion or Journal entry

      Discussion Forum: Analyzing a Learning Activity Discussion Forum
  5. Week 5: Creating a Learning Activity Using the Common Core Standards and the NC Essential Standards
    1. Creating a Learning Activity Page
      Activity: Design a learning activity and share this with others
      Discussion Forum: A forum to share the learning activities you have created
    2. Reflecting on Literacy Across the Disciplines Page
      Activity: Post Self-assessment
      Activity: Evaluation of the module
      Biggest Take-Away