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Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12)



Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12)

Katherine S. McKnight

ISBN: 978-1-118-71020-3 October 2014 Jossey-Bass 264 Pages


Resources and guidance for the journey of Common Core implementation

In this age of the Common Core State Standards, all content area teachers must integrate literacy standards into their curriculum. If you’re like most content area educators, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of addressing all the new standards, or you might just need a little extra help.

In this hands-on resource, Common Core literacy expert Katherine McKnight offers secondary teachers a clear understanding of what literacy looks like in math, science, and technical subjects. McKnight gives educators proven teaching techniques that help develop literacy skills in students. She also offers a wealth of practical strategies and ready-to-use activities that content area teachers can integrate seamlessly. Included are

  • Ideas for implementing the literacy requirements of the Common Core across content areas
  • A selection of activities that support literacy skills and build content knowledge in math, science, and technology classrooms
  • An easy-to-use Difficulty Dial that indicates the complexity of each activity
  • Robust student samples that bring the activities to life across a variety of grade levels and subjects

Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects is designed for practicality. With bonus web downloads, a literacy resource guide, and countless ideas for deepening content knowledge, this book provides excellent support for rigorous Common Core implementation.

Praise for Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects

“A realist with an incisive wit, Katie’s robust pedagogy and trenchant analysis inspire all of us to incorporate the CCSS meaningfully in specific content areas. For her gifted writing, let alone her substantive and easy-to-implement ideas, this is a godsend for content area teachers. Move it to the top of the priority reading stack.”
—Rick Wormeli, veteran educator, author, and teacher trainer

“McKnight eloquently dispels much of the mythology surrounding the new standards, and explains how to help students find success. You’ll find this engaging book your ‘go-to’ resource for implementing the Common Core.”
—Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., educational consultant; author, Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century

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About the Author

About Staff Development for Educators


Chapter One: Why Does Content Literacy Matter?

Chapter Two: Deepening Reading Comprehension Skills and Content Knowledge

Chapter Three: Effective Content Area Writing Strategies

Chapter Four: Speaking and Listening in the Content Area

Chapter Five: Developing Academic Language

Chapter Six: Learning Centers and Student-Centered Activities

Chapter Seven: Technology Tools for 21st Century Learning

Chapter Eight:  Helping Students Become College and Career Ready

Appendix A: List of Bonus Web Downloads

Appendix B: Literature Circles Resource Guide

Appendix C: Resources and References