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1 Fusion Pedagogy: A Case Study in Writing Across the Curriculum By Dr. Mark Mraz & Dr. John Hicks

2 The Fusion Approach The fusion approach offers a bridge between two distinct disciplines in academic subjects: English and Social Studies. The Cross-disciplinary nature of the method leads to a dynamic didactic pedagogy that serves to better educate and enlighten the student in the complexities of the 21 st century.

3 History of Fusion Pedagogy As early as 1962, and since, scholars of social studies, notably Leonard Kenworthy subscribed to the fusion notion. In 1991, several state departments of education recommended literature-based social studies, in particular, the California Department of Education Dynneson, Gross and Berson (2007) discuss a “fusion approach” to curriculum organization in which “two or more disciplines, although remaining separate entities, are welded together to form a new course

4 Jerome Bruner: The Process of Education The Structure of the Discipline

5 Henry Giroux: Border Crossings Border Crossings-the world is so complex it cannot be understood by one discipline.

6 Common Core Curriculum Attempt to teach literacy in all academic subjects

7 Allentown School District could ax 6 th grade social studies classes Combining social studies with English would free up more time to learn math. C. Russell Mayo, Ed. D., Allentown School District superintendent

8 Sample Projects Case Study: The Novels of Michael Crichton Case Study: Benjamin Franklin Case Study: Holocaust Studies Case Study: Exploring Pennsylvania Case Study: How Football Explores America

9 Writing Assignments Lesson Plans Handouts Readings Assessments


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