Creating Cross-Curricular Experiences

Tonight I’m hosting a twitter #engchat on creating cross-curricular experiences in the English classroom. As someone who has had difficulty declaring loyalty to a single subject for most of my academic career and as someone who teaches both English and history, I’m deeply interested in creating experiences for students to learn outside of discipline-specific boxes.

Some questions to jump start the discussion:

  • What benefits do you see to creating cross-curricular experiences? How do they enhance student learning?
  • What are obstacles and logistical challenges to creating cross-curricular experiences? How have you successfully navigated these challenges?
  • What tools have you used to facilitate cross-curricular experiences?

Feel free to join us on Twitter or to post your thoughts as a comment below. I’d also love if people would be willing to share links to projects and experiences they have successfully implemented.

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3 thoughts on “Creating Cross-Curricular Experiences

  1. Our seventh graders are required to read “The Giver” by Lowry for summer reading. When they return, I link the book with a Banned Books discussion in the library, crossing into first amendment rights, and the history of censorship and banning of books in the U.S. It’s a great discussion. The students then discuss on the class wiki. The slideshow I used this year is posted in slideshare.

  2. I’m doing science-English-math cross links, with some science-history too. I love this stuff, it surprises the kids and gets them thinking in a different way. It solidifies their understanding of the USEFULNESS of writing skills, math skills to do something in science. Especially when I use similar vocabulary and set similar expectations to their subject specific teachers.

    We have done the “Truckers Story” to apply concepts of motion in a realistic fiction genre and constructing the graph of speed vs time. Next we are doing “Traffic Stats Stat!” news story from Dept of Transport crash statistics that they have to interpret, make a headline and write a short news article. I’ll be presenting “Stories in Statistics” as a talk at the California Science Teachers conference in a couple of weeks. Links will be posted at http://takeactionscience.wordpress.com.

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