This page is intended to help ELA teachers make connections to content-area subjects. Embed ELA skills within contexts!

ABE ELA instructors sometimes teach social studies or science within ELA, and sometimes teach separate, dedicated classes for ELA, science, social studies, civics, study skills, etc. What does it mean to think in each of these areas? Are there common patterns of critical thought across them all? 


Here are some of the many good sites for background information, curriculum ideas, instructional resources, and possible texts. (For leveled readings and text sets, go to Text Complexity and Text Selection.


General Non-profits, NGOs, and Educational Programs

Government Websites

Films, Trailers, Clips,etc.

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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  • 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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