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This presentation is for social studies and English teachers at the middle and high school grade level. It centers on the new Illinois social studies standards and reading/writing expectations within Common Core and the Illinois Readiness Assessment for social studies and English language arts (non-fiction). It will guide teachers to:
* consider new angles for teaching non-fiction, social studies, or history topics
* select age-appropriate curricula (children’s trade books and young adult literature
* incorporate free web-based resources (informational texts, primary sources, etc)
* integrate discipline-specific literacy strategies to guide close reading and text-based writing, which can then be used as
* growth assessments of students’ learning.
It can be applied to any grades in middle and high school level in which students read and write about non-fiction topics.

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