This particular workshop was a perfect example of the caliber of rigorous work that can be produced when teachers work collaboratively, in an interdisciplinary model. Though this workshop was for the English/ Language Arts teachers at Rowland Unified, their ELA/History Coach was kind enough to extend the invitation to me.
The Facing Histories facilitator went over various parts of this 271 page guide which included sample lessons, activities using primary and secondary sources related to the Jim Crow south, as well as several teaching strategies that could be used with any content.
I believe that finding ways to execute interdisciplinary teaching models could be a goal for History/ ELA in the future since it is a great way to integrate the history common core literacy standards. Likewise, giving historical context for the novels that students are reading will also enrich their understating in their English classes.