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Improving Historical Reading & Writing

National Council for the Social Studies via Canvas Network

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Under Common Core, all teachers need to be writing teachers. Unfortunately many History/Social Studies teachers have not had significant instruction and/or practice in historical writing. Worse, very few teacher professional development seminars focus on this topic. This course will help social studies teachers: (1) identify the characteristics of high quality writing, (2) improve argumentative writing, (3) improve informative or explanatory writing, (4) improve narrative writing, (5) conduct rubric validation, and (6) incorporate peer review and revision memos.

This six-week course will provide playlists of video lectures, leveled readings, and grade-level & subject-focused bulletin board discussions on improving historical writing. Exercises and activities will draw from the Common Core State Standards, the C3 Social Studies Framework, the National Social Science Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Skills and provide a vertically articulated sequence of skills to explicitly teach in the future.

Taught by

Corbin L. Moore and Scott Petri, Ed.D.


3.9 rating, based on 9 Class Central reviews

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  • Kim Fitzgerald

    Kim Fitzgerald completed this course.

    This course was resource rich, real tools you can use immediately. I love that! There were also plenty of theoretical intellectual arguments (both sides of the argument provided) about what may/may not work when teaching students reading and writing skills. I considered it very much a college level course but for real world teachers...a rare find for professional development. I recommend the course highly.
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    Kari Small Catanzaro

    Kari Small Catanzaro is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is the most practical course and professional development that I have had in teaching literacy in a Social Studies class. Teaching Historical Reading and Writing fits right in with Common Core and College/Career Readiness Standards (or the equivalent in states that don't use them). It is rich in examples and resources, at all grade levels (not just high school). I am really enjoying it!
  • JoAnne Uthe-gibson

    JoAnne Uthe-gibson completed this course.

    This course is filled with information for teachers from K to College. I have been teaching for a long time and I found excellent resources to take back to my classroom. Participants can pick and choose what works at their level. Most importantly, it covers a vital area for instructors - how to help students become skilled in reading and writing history. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in improving historical instruction at all levels in our schools.
  • Peggy Pyle

    Peggy Pyle is taking this course right now, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am finding this course extremely useful. I spend a couple of hours on it each morning and I am getting inspired to start the new school year with a new perspective. I am finding new ways to reach my students. I would recommend this class to any social studies teacher.
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