ThinkCERCA is designed as a whole-school solution for literacy and critical thinking instruction. This means that teachers in English language arts, science, social studies, and math can all use ThinkCERCA to support content knowledge and skills growth for their students—and, even better, you can collaborate with your colleagues across disciplines to use the cross-curricular connections within ThinkCERCA to create a cohesive, meaningful educational experience for your students. We develop differentiated sets of lessons for ThinkCERCA with intentional connections across subjects. These connections can be thematic or topical as well as skills-based. Here are just a few of our teachers' favorite examples of thematic and topical cross-curricular connections that you can use in your classroom this year:
Thematic Connection Examples
Risk and Gain
- Risk-Taking (ELA informational text): How do you know when a risk is worth taking?
- Character and Risk (ELA literature): When are tempting rewards worth the risk?
- Christopher Columbus (social studies): What were the causes and effects of Columbus’s voyage to the New World in 1492?
- The Human Nervous System (science): How does the human nervous system work?
The Limits of Technology
- The Role of Machines (ELA informational text): What are the positive and negative effects of technology?
- Technology and the Fourth Amendment (social studies): How does the 4th Amendment protect our rights even as technology changes?
- Where No One Has Gone Before (science): How do engineers help people explore dangerous or distant places in the universe?
- Social Responsibility (ELA informational text): How do individuals stand up and take responsibility for changing their societies?
- Overcoming Obstacles (ELA literature): How do characters develop as they face conflicts and overcome obstacles?
- Mahatma Gandhi (social studies): How did Gandhi encourage nonviolence throughout the world through his writings?
- Cultural Perception (ELA informational text): How is our identity defined by how others perceive us?
- Cultural Memoirs (ELA literature): How does culture help shape the people we become?
- The Afterlife in Ancient Egypt (social studies): How did the ancient Egyptians’ beliefs about an afterlife affect their everyday lives and their burial practices?
Medium and Message
- Image and Impact (ELA informational text): How can a powerful image create change?
- Technology and Art (ELA literature): How does our experience of literature change when it is delivered in different mediums?
- Modern Protest (social studies): What is the most effective way to organize a protest?
People and Nature
- Endangered Animals (ELA informational text): What role should people play in saving endangered animals?
- Nature Poetry (ELA literature): How do poets see themselves and their humanity reflected in the natural world?
- Human and Animal Interactions (science): What positive and negative effects do human activities have on endangered animals?
Topical Connection Examples
Government Policy Debates
- Government Role in Health (ELA informational text): What role should the government play in regulating health?
- Energy Policy (science): Which energy policy would make the United States most environmentally friendly?
- Crime Prevention (social studies): What are the benefits and possible drawbacks of various approaches to crime prevention?
- Student Free Speech (ELA informational text): To what extent should students be allowed to exercise free speech?
- Supreme Court Decisions: Free Speech (social studies): What evidence and reasoning has the Supreme Court used to protect or deny an individual’s right to free speech?
The Civil War
- Civil War Poetry (ELA literature): How does poetry help explore various aspects of conflict and war?
- Economic Strategies in the Civil War (social studies): What role did economics play in the outcome of the Civil War?
- The Chemistry of Cooking (science): How can cooks use their knowledge of chemistry to make smart decisions in the kitchen?
- Cooking (math): Why is math important to cooking?
- Money and Decisions (ELA literature): How does money affect our moral decision-making?
- The Great Depression (social studies): Which of the attempted solutions to the Great Depression was most effective?
- Businesses (math): How do businesses make money?
- Sports and Society (ELA informational text): What is the relationship between our culture and sports?
- Forces in Sports (science): How do physical forces apply to sports?
- The Rules of the Game (math): How do changes to sports rules affect the outcomes of games?