Whenever I talk about the Common Core with teachers who are just starting to implement the practices—I often hear questions about the literacy standard—what does it mean that literacy crosses all subjects?
In short, this means that because we don’t read novels the same way we read science labs or the same way we read histories, all of us get to teach the different faces of literacy.
This idea can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t traditionally seen yourself as a “literacy liaison,” but have we got a resource for you! This series of videos has helped to illuminate my understanding of how
to teach reading… in the content areas and in general.
Our Reading Like a Historian
series follows three teachers as they use a research-based curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group. The goal is to engage students in historical inquiry, encourage them to form opinions, use evidence, and discover the complexities of history.
First, take a look at this overview of the Reading Like a Historian series
, then move on to the three videos below. Notice how the students are treated like historical detectives, charged with pulling together pieces of history to uncover meaning.
As you enjoy these videos, remember to join in on the discussion by adding to the comments and sharing not only what you’ve learned, but the ways you make detectives out of readers too.