The History/Social Science learning experience is designed for history, social science, and humanities educators (grades 6–12) to apply engaging, inquiry-based strategies that will increase students’ ability to think, read, and write like a historian.

Participants will experience and design student learning around rigorous Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR®) methodologies to scaffold learning to promote critical thinking and analysis of source material.

Participants will engage in both synchronous and semi-synchronous learning. All strategies, digital activities, and digital tools experienced can be leveraged in face-to-face or virtual learning environments.

Performance Objectives

  • Utilize WICOR strategies to deepen students' use of academic language.
  • Intentionally incorporate WICOR strategies and methodologies into content curriculum in order to increase student engagement and support rigor.
  • Model and coach reading for disciplinary literacy in order to develop students’ capacity to comprehend and analyze complex texts.
  • Model and coach writing for disciplinary literacy in order to develop students’ capacity to communicate from an understanding of multiple perspectives.


Module 1
Laying the Foundation for Disciplinary Literacy

Module 2
Thinking Like a Historian Would

Module 3
Reading Like a Historian Would

Module 4
Communicating Like a Historian Would