Improving Historical Reading & Writing is a free Massive Online Open Course offered through the Canvas Network (www.canvas.net). The course is designed to help history teachers improve their skills in teaching historical reading and writing. The MOOC will be organized into 15 online modules that will be open from June 22 – Sept. 7. Each module will contain multiple resources, 3-5 short lecture videos, 2-3 readings, 2-4 online discussions and an online quiz. Course participants will be able to choose which modules to participate in and will have flexible deadlines when completing course work. Course completers will receive a grade based on reading and video quizzes and can earn badges and/or certificates of completion. There is also an option to purchase graduate credit from Ashland University for work completed. Themes for the modules are listed below. Click HERE to enroll.
Content Literacy and Building Academic Vocabulary
Instructional Shifts: Common Core State Standards and College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
Historical Thinking and The Reading Like a Historian Approach
Developing Compelling Central Historical Questions
Sourcing, Contextualization, and Close Reading
Differentiation, Scaffolding, and Adapting Sources
Corroboration Evidence and Importance of Discussion
Assessing Student Learning through Writing
Document-based Questions / Research Simulations
Providing Feedback: Automated Essay Scoring Tools
Validating Rubrics & Choosing Mentor Texts
History Day and Independent Student History Research Projects
The Common Core State Standards call for teachers to emphasize argumentative, informative, and narrative writing in their classroom practices. This course will help history teachers become writing teachers who teach skills and content simultaneously. Click here to enroll. For questions, contact Corbin Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Petri at email@example.com.