The Path to Get There

A Common Core Road Map for Higher Student Achievement Across the Disciplines


Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Cristina Alfaro



The authors flesh out a vision of embedded literacy instruction that is manageable and integral to the teaching of a content discipline. Disciplinary teachers who do not have extensive background in literacy and language arts will find this book to be an especially valuable resource in their work to realize the Common Core standards with their students.

—Doug Buehl
Edgewood College

The Common Core State Standards represents a call for all teachers to focus on the literacy learning of their students. Together, these skills—reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing—comprise the literacies that students must develop if they are to master content and be successful in college or the workplace. This book will assist content area teachers in understanding the Common Core State Standards that apply to their various courses. Standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are explained in detail, including examples of lessons designed to ensure that students master each standard. This authoritative resource:

  • Explains every standard with examples of quality instruction.
  • Provides specific guidance for including English language learners in the CCSS path to success.
  • Offers strategies for assessing student performance, demonstrating how to use oral language, questions, writing, projects, and tests to check for understanding.
  • Discusses ways to organize assessment information so that patterns of performance can be identified to improve re-teaching efforts.

© 2013
Copublished with Teachers College Press

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