CCSS Literacy: Science and Tech Subjects

Teaching to advance the CCSS-M at the elementary grades is typically done in classrooms where there are many opportunities to address both mathematics and literacy.   The CCSS and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) lend themselves to interdisciplinary instruction that address math, science, and English Language Arts.

The CCSS-ELA standards advance this by integrating reading in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects into the overall literacy standards:

The priorities within the CCSS-ELA emphasize:

  • Students reading complex texts closely
  • Students extracting information and gain knowledge from these texts
  • Students writing clear arguments based on the information they have read

The parallels between the ELA and math standards related to precision, making sense of problems, argumentation, are evident in these priorities. Importantly, the reading of text that addresses history/social science, science, and technical subjects advances the same analytic skills that are central to the CCSS-M mathematical practices.

In the middle and high school grades, reading in history-social studies, science, and technical subjects are addressed in separate standards. Attention is given to such areas as determining the meaning of symbols and integrating quantitative information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table)—again advancing connections between literacy, science, and mathematics.


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The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

A Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education Policy Brief, October, 2012

This brief examines the Common Core State Standards and their implications for Linked Learning, an innovative high school reform approach in California that prepares students for college and career by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside of school. This brief aims to address the ways in which the common standards align with and can be adopted by Linked Learning teachers, schools, and districts to ensure that all their students are ready for success in college, careers, and citizenship.

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The Common Core State Standards and Teacher Preparation – The Role of Higher Education

A Discussion Paper from the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI)/ The Leadership Collaborative (TLC) Working Group on Common Core State Standards

Higher education plays multiple roles in ensuring the success of the Common Core State

Standards. This brief describes an action agenda for the role of higher education institutions in this collective work, including:

  • Aligning higher education curriculum with K–12 curriculum
  • Preparing and educating teachers, both prospective and practicing
  • Conducting research on issues of teaching and learning the Common Core State Standards
  • Establishing and sustaining long-term partnerships with other actors and agencies in the educational system

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