Connections Between ELA and Everything Else

ABE ELA Instructors often teach social studies or science within ELA, or also teach dedicated classes for science, social studies, civics, study skills—and so on. What does it mean to think in each of these areas? Are there common patterns of critical thought across them all? Read one person's view on thinking across disciplines and tell us your response.

There are several great sites for background information, curriculum ideas, instructional resources, and possible texts. (For leveled readings and text sets, go to Text Levels, Sets, and Complexity.)


Two of the Best

  • If you haven't yet discovered Facing History and Ourselves, please do so! A few ABE programs in Massachusetts are using Facing History resources as part of their own curricula; here is one example. In addition, check out Facing History's teaching strategies, which "nurture students' literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate."
  • The Teaching Tolerance website, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is full of lesson ideas, magazine articles, webinars and instructional strategies "designed to help teachers improve their practice and turn schools into strong communities that welcome diversity, giving all students an opportunity to learn." Their educational kits and magazine subscriptions are free to educators.


Films, Trailers, Clips,etc.

Other Non-profits, NGOs, and Educational Programs

Government Websites

Untested But Potentially Useful Resources

  • Council for Economic Education (CEE): "Some of CEE's very best resources to help you integrate economic concepts into all of your social studies classes"
  • MAAP: "Mapping the American Past," a project of Columbia University
  • SNCC Gateway: "Learn From the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work"

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To peruse our other curated collections, return to the ELA home page.

Talk to us about PD for:

  • Evidence-based reading instruction for readers at all levels
  • Critical thinking and deeper questioning
  • Incorporating science processes into ELA and ESOL classes at all levels of literacy
  • Exploring activities for vibrant teaching of social studies and civics
  • Understanding and using the CCRSAE for ELA, both on their own, and through the lens of science or social studies
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