1st Edition

Rigor in the 6–12 ELA and Social Studies Classroom A Teacher Toolkit

By Barbara R. Blackburn, Melissa Miles Copyright 2019
    184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

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    Learn how to incorporate rigorous activities in your English language arts or social studies classroom and help students reach higher levels of learning. Expert educators and consultants Barbara R. Blackburn and Melissa Miles offer a practical framework for understanding rigor and provide specialized examples for middle and high school ELA and social studies teachers. Topics covered include:

    • Creating a rigorous environment
    • High expectations
    • Support and scaffolding
    • Demonstration of learning
    • Assessing student progress
    • Collaborating with colleagues

    The book comes with classroom-ready tools, offered in the book and as free eResources on our website at www.routledge.com/9781138480773.

    1. Introduction   2. Creating a Rigorous Environment  3. Expectations  4. Support and Scaffolding  5. Demonstration of Learning  6. Assessment  7. Collaborating to Improve Rigor


    Barbara R. Blackburn, a Top 30 Global Guru in Education, has taught early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. In addition to speaking at international, national and state conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle and high schools. She is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller Rigor Is Not a Four-Letter Word.

    Melissa Miles is currently back in the classroom teaching middle school language arts after serving as Director of Educational Resources at a school in Charlotte, NC. She has almost 20 years of classroom teaching experience. She is also twice credentialed as a National Board-Certified teacher for young adolescents, works as a SpringBoard Curriculum consultant to College Board, and is a certified member of the site visitation team for the Schools to Watch award.