Education Week: Reading on Science, Social Studies Teachers' Agendas
Education Week: Reading on Science, Social Studies Teachers' Agendas:
—Pat McDonogh for Education Week
To meet the expectations of the common standards, Kentucky's science and social studies teachers are incorporating language arts into their classes
Beth Fahlbush is moving from desk to desk, helping her high school juniors sharpen their essays. They're zeroing in on their lead paragraphs and hunting for the evidence they must marshal to build the bodies of their essays.
"If the evidence does not directly relate to your thesis, cut it out," Ms. Fahlbush tells one girl, who listens as she twists a strand of hair in her fingers. "Remember," the teacher says to a tall boy slouched in a nearby seat, "you are writing an argumentative essay. So you need to defend each of your points.