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What advice do you have for teaching a combined language arts and world history course for freshmen?

Jun 10, 2014 3:31pm

  • English Language Arts / Social Studies
  • 9
  • Collaboration / Planning


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    • Jun 16, 2014 7:19pm


      I had the opportunity to teach such a course ten years ago and loved it. I would agree that developing the course with someone else would be valuable, as anything done in collaboration with like-minded teachers is always stronger. When designing, also create a bridge document to send home to parents so they understand exactly what the humanities course will look like. Which history standards will be covered and how will those fit in with ELA standards. For each unit, you could note the history content, develop text sets around the topic that include literature, and then note the writing skills, language skills, reading skills, etc... that will be the focus. It will be awesome.


      • Jun 25, 2014 9:30pm

        It has been my privilege to teach language arts and world geography, to 7th graders, for the last three years. World Geography had specific standards that helped to narrow the window of content. Because I was already using the Language Arts standards, embedding the Common Core Literacy Standards was second nature. Our school saw great growth in both reading and writing scores. It was even more exciting to walk around the classroom as the year progressed. Students were demonstrating their knowledge of vocabulary, and they were constantly citing sources to justify conclusions.