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Module Summary

Time to Read

Read the following quotes from the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy about the importance of literacy in history/social studies

The Standards set requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines."

"The Standards insist that instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school. The K–5 standards include expectations for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language applicable to a range of subjects, including but not limited to ELA."

"The same ten CCR anchor standards for Reading apply to both literary and informational texts, including texts in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. The ten CCR anchor standards for Writing cover numerous text types and subject areas. This means that students can develop mutually reinforcing skills and exhibit mastery of standards for reading and writing across a range of texts and classrooms."

—CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy

This module has provided you with information, sample lesson activities along with corresponding assessments, and opportunities to plan for next steps covering the following areas:

  • The intent and organization of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and how to implement the standards through history/social studies curriculum
  • How building literacy in the history/social studies K–5 improves learning and prepares students for addressing the Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, 6–12, and college, career, and civic life
  • The implications of literacy instruction in the history/social studies
  • How to support the learning of all students

Select the following links to revisit the learning objectives for each unit:

Unit 1: History/Social Studies and CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy K–5
Unit 2: Content Literacy Instruction in Early Elementary History/Social Studies
Unit 3: Content Literacy Instruction in Upper Elementary History/Social Studies
Unit 4: Assessing Student Writing in History/Social Studies K–5

Time to Reflect

3-2-1 Reflection: based on your learning throughout the module, list the following in your Metacognitive Journal:



Extended Learning Opportunities and Support

To augment your learning from this professional learning module, there are several professional books and online resources which you will find in the “Resources” section of this module. These resources are applicable to further study on your own, with a study group, your department, or your professional learning community.

Please take a moment to take the module’s post-assessment to review your new learnings.