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Tuesday, June 28 • 8:30am - 9:30am
9E Purposefully Integrating the Common Core to the Classics

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The Common Core provides educators a set of academic standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for each grade level (K-12). Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, and four US territories have adopted the Core, meaning most teachers in grades K-12 in English language arts and mathematics are to incorporate the standards into classroom instruction. Many other subjects, such as Latin and other Classics courses, can incorporate the Common Core, yet very little training is provided to such teachers on ways to do so.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Common Core is (and isn't!) and will engage in hands-on activities to link lessons and activities already done in Classics classrooms to the Common Core. Participants will also learn how to utilize the Common Core to create new lessons and will brainstorm ways to use the Common Core to advocate for their departments and classes.


This workshop is particularly important because there are many misconceptions regarding the Common Core. Educators may be misinformed that the Common Core is a curriculum or set of strict instructions for teaching students. Often, educators do not realize that the activities and lessons they already implement in the classroom can be linked to the Core. This can be especially true in the Classics classroom. In addition, educators may not be aware that the Core can be used to create new content, and most importantly, be used as a tool for advocacy (especially in times of budgetary cuts). 


This workshop will engage participants in a number of ways. First, the presenters will engage the audience by asking a series of questions regarding participants’ present teaching experience (grade levels taught, content manner expertise, requirements/regulations from the district/school regarding Common Core). During this activity, participants will move throughout the room and share experiences with those in similar circumstances. Second, a Myth vs. Fact game will be facilitated to examine participants’ prior knowledge of the Common Core. Third, concrete examples and strategies of ways to link the Common Core to Latin, Mythology, and Greek and Roman History courses will be shared. Fourth, handouts of the Common Core standards will be distributed (with participants asked to sit near those working with similar grade levels). Participants will utilize the Common Core to identify at least one activity or lesson they already implement which can be tied to the Common Core and will share these ideas with the group. In addition, participants will then be asked to go ‘backwards,’ first selecting a standard they are not presently implementing, but could develop an activity to address the standard. In this way, participants will see the utility of the standards, both to document actions they already implement in the classroom but also to gain additional ideas for new content manner. Finally, advocacy for Latin and the Classics will be discussed and ways to utilize the Common Core for such advocacy will be presented. This includes a thorough examination of the standards and documentation of how much Classics content is already imbedded in the Core. School administrators and boards must be aware of the extent to which Classics courses already tie to the Common Core to ensure the continuity of Classics offering at the secondary level.

Tuesday June 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
UTC Room 4.112

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