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Common Core in the Content Areas

Balancing Content and Literacy, 1st Edition

By Jessica Bennett


162 pages

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The Common Core is requiring literacy across the curriculum, but what does that mean for teachers of subjects like math, science, and social studies who have a lot of content to cover? In this essential book, author Jessica Bennett reassures you that you don’t have to abandon all of your great content lessons and start from scratch. Instead, you can reflect on what you‘re already doing well and make adjustments and enhancements as necessary. Bennett starts with a clear breakdown of the Common Core ELA Social Studies/History and Science and Technical Subjects Standards for Grades 7-12 and what they actually look like. She provides a variety of practical strategies and scaffolds that you can use immediately to enhance your curriculum and meet the standards.

You will learn how to…

  • Incorporate a wider variey of texts into your currciulum
  • Teach students to use each text with purpose, whether it is for close reading, support, argumentation, or research
  • Assign meaningful group work and projects without feeling that they have to take up your whole curriculum
  • Help students navigate their textbooks more effectively and read for information
  • Use the Common Core to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Implement the four As strategy in which students absorb content, analyze information, argue reasons, and apply knowledge
  • Use writing tasks to strengthen student comprehension of content
  • Teach various forms of writing and the importance of text citations
  • And more!

Throughout the book, you’ll find tools such as unit planning sheets, daily lesson plan sheets, classroom handouts, sentence starters, and more. If you teach a content area, this must-have resource will help you meet the Common Core with ease!


NSTA Recommends® National Science Teachers Association

"This book, Common Core in the Content Areas, challenges teachers in the content areas, especially History and Science teachers, to evaluate the Common Core standards for English and get students to think. The author, Jessica Bennett, offers specific tips for teachers to successfully adopt these standards. This book is going on my shelf."

--Deborah Stevens, NSTA

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"What a terrific resource! Jessica Bennett's text will enrich educators' understanding of the Common Core State Standards and provide a road map for designing lessons that foster literacy. The theory and instruction in this book will help educators to teach students to succeed not only with the standards, but in life beyond the classroom."

--Colleen Ruggieri, a Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher of Ohio and Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University

"Thanks, Jessica! As a science teacher, I truly appreciate this book. I enjoyed reading it and I am especially grateful for all the planning sheets. This has encouraged me and has simplified implementing more Common Core strategies into my lesson plans, as I am certain it will others in our profession."

--Melanie J. Retterer, National Board Certified Teacher, 8th Grade Science

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. Relax, You’re Not Starting Over! Here’s What You’re Already Doing

3. How To Make it Even Better. Yes, It’s Possible.

4. Why am I Teaching Middle and High School Students How to Read?

5. Using the Text

6. All A’s! Absorb, Analyze, Argue and Apply!

7. Reading, Reading, Reading but What about Writing?

8. Projects, Grading and Literacy? Is this More Work for Me?

9. There is NO Finish Line


About the Author

Jessica Bennett is a middle school teacher in Ohio and past president of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities