The C4 Framework

Our students need to do more than simply memorize social studies content.

They need to be using that content to solve problems and to think historically. The C4 Framework focuses on four overarching themes – Collect, Collaborate, Create, and Communicate – that can help you design high-quality instruction focusing on those skills.

Online tools, cool primary document sites, new Google Earth goodies and mobile devices now make social studies fun, engaging and, yes, even educational. During this session, we’ll share a variety of free and easy to use resources aligned to the C4 Framework to encourage high-level thinking, documents analysis and literacy skills. Handouts, online materials and giveaways are all part of the fun!

Literacy Strategies & Book Sites

Children’s Literature with Social Studies
Great resources for K-6 teachers
Literacy in Social Studies
Some useful links and tutorials
ReadingQuest: Making Sense in Social Studies
A website designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom
Use these practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension

Reading as a Strategic Activity
Four types of strategies: reading, vocabulary, discussion, organization
Notable Tradebooks
Yearly list of K-8 tradebooks by the National Council for the Social Studie
Schools of California Online Resources for Education / History & Social Studies
Lessons and extensive book lists by grade
Opening Doors with Children’s Lit
Book titles by topic

Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom (pdf)
Helpful ideas from middle school teachers
Recommended Reading List
Extensive list from the California DOE