An Interview with Katie McKnight, Author of Common Core Literacy


Katie McKnight
is a former classroom teacher and nationally recognized expert in literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. She is currently a professor of secondary education at National Louis University and a sought-after professional development consultant. Among the many books she’s written are the bestsellers The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers and The English Teacher’s Survival Guide (with Mary Lou Brandvik).

In this interview, Dr. McKnight shares her thoughts on:

  • Developing literacy skills in students
  • Misconceptions about the Common Core
  • The importance of literacy in all academic disciplines

…and more from her latest book, Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities.

Katie McKnight’s next book,
Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, will be released this October. Visit her website at for the latest updates. 


If you’re like most content area educators, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of applying the new standards, or you might just need a little extra help.

In this hands-on resource, Common Core literacy expert Katherine McKnight offers secondary teachers a clear understanding of what literacy looks like in English Language Arts (ELA), social studies, and other humanities-related subjects. She gives educators proven teaching techniques that will help them to develop literacy skills in their students. The book offers a wealth of practical strategies and activities that content area teachers can integrate seamlessly.

“McKnight eloquently dispels much of the mythology surrounding the new standards, and explains how to help students find success. You’ll find this engaging book your ‘go-to’ resource for implementing the Common Core!”

—Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., Educational Consultant;
Author, Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and
Learning for the 21st Century

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