Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 26 - Jan 6, 2016


6 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:





Under Common Core, all teachers need to be writing teachers. Unfortunately many History/Social Studies teachers have not had significant instruction and/or practice in historical writing. Worse, very few teacher professional development seminars focus on this topic. 

This six-week course will provide playlists of video lectures, leveled readings, and grade-level & subject-focused bulletin board discussions on improving historical writing. Exercises and activities will draw from the Common Core State Standards, the C3 Social Studies Framework, the National Social Science Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Skills and provide a vertically articulated sequence of skills to explicitly teach in the future.


This course will help social studies teachers:

  • Identify the characteristics of high quality writing
  • Improve argumentative writing
  • Improve informative or explanatory writing
  • Improve narrative writing
  • Conduct rubric validation, and (6) incorporate peer review and revision memos.

Course Instructors

Scott Petri, Ed.D.

Scott Petri, Ed.D.

History Teacher

Scott Petri taught social studies for five years at the middle school level and six years at the high school level. He has also served as a coordinator and small school principal in LAUSD. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego.

Corbin L. Moore

Corbin L. Moore

Social Studies Instructional Coach

Corbin Moore has taught middle and high school social studies and currently serves as the Social Studies Instructional Coach and English as a Second Language Coordinator for the Hamilton City School District in Hamilton, Ohio.  He received his Bachelors Degree in History and Secondary Social Studies Education from Thomas More College and his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.  Additionally, Corbin is the Immediate Past President of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies and has played an active role in advocating and promoting history and social studies education policy and legislation in Ohio.