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A Collaboration with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Institute in American History and Content Area Literacy

As TCRWP reading and writing institutes continue across the country, Colonial Williamsburg and staff developers from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project hosted an Institute in American History and Content Area Literacy.

The weeklong institute is designed for history teachers with experience leading reading and writing workshops and a keen interest in developing a literacy-rich history curriculum. Participants traveled to Williamsburg, VA to study early American history “on location”, while working together to explore ways to intersect best literacy practices and history instruction.

Across the five days, participants exchanged ideas with Colonial Williamsburg historians, and took part in reenactments of key events in American history—all the while, considering the methods and approaches for integrating these practices into the teaching of history.

Emily Butler Smith, lead staff developer at the TCRWP, helped participants draw on the latest methods in reading, note-taking, and writing informational and argument texts in connection to best practices in content area literacy in order to develop new ways to fold the teaching of literacy and history together.

Read more about this institute in the Virginia Gazette here.