Course Description

This course is designed to provide K-12 educators an understanding of the ELA Common Core Standards in the disciplines: History/Social Science, Science, and
Technical (HST). Participants of this course will learn what the ELA HST standards are, what it means to be “literate” in each of the disciplines, and how to create such
literacies. Most significantly, participants will learn teaching strategies to embrace the new HST ELA standards.

Learner Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, each participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the definition of “Disciplinary Literacy” and its relationship with the ELA Common Core Standards in History/Social Science, Science, and Technical subjects.
  2. Know and understand the literacy standards specific to History/Social Science, Science, and Technical Subjects in the ELA Common Core Standards.
  3. Understand the necessity and practice of close reading in the disciplines.
  4. Gain knowledge of the concepts of academic vocabulary.
  5. Explore the significance of being able to read and use visual representations in the disciplines.
  6. Recognize the importance of utilizing primary sources in the disciplines to strengthen the reading and understanding of disciplinary principles.
  7. Consider credibility of sources for building disciplinary understanding.
  8. Explore critical thinking skills necessary in each of the disciplines.


System Requirements

  • Computer with word processing software
  • Internet access connection
  • Online video viewing capabilities/Adobe flash player
  • Software capable of reading PDF files

NOTE: Additional software will be used, but will either be free and open-source or trial versions, and will be based on the individual needs of each teacher’s online setting. The instructor will work closely with each teacher to assist in determining the appropriate software.


Educators enrolled in the course are required to hold a baccalaureate degree.

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Section Title
Disciplinary Lit: Meeting Common Core Literacy Standards in History, Science & Technical Subjects
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $500.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Connecting Link.

Course is self-Paced. Completion time: up to 12 weeks from initial log in to course. Participants are required to log in within 60 days of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Kirstin Bacon is the course facilitator
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