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With the coming of the Common Core, English teachers are being asked to include more social studies content into their instruction – a good thing.
But social studies teachers are also being asked to include much more reading, writing, and communicating into their stuff – which is a very good thing. Quality social studies folks have been doing this sort of thing forever. There’s just no way to do Social Studies right without “English/Language Arts” skills embedded into our instruction.
But I know that the Common Core is freaking some of you out. So a few things that might help settle the nerves a bit.
Slideshare version of K-3 presentation
Slideshare version of 4-5 presentation
Slideshare version of 6-12 presentation
Forget What You Know About History article
Making the Declaration of Independence Come Alive video
Photo 1 / Photo 2
Kansas State History/Government Standards
Latest versions can be found at KSDE
Useful Common Core / Historical Thinking sites
Reading Like A Historian
The Reading Like a Historian curriculum by the Stanford History Education Group engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and sets of primary documents.
Beyond the Bubble
The Stanford History Education Group also created this incredibly useful assessment tool you can use to measure students ability to think historically.
Grades 6-12 Literacy Standards in the Social Studies
Let’s start with the basics.
Trickle or Tsunami?: Getting Involved with the Common Core Standards
Does a great job of unpacking the Common Core literacy pieces for you. Provides specific examples and rational while calming us all down by letting us know that we’ve been doing this all along.
Teaching the Common Core
Article and sample lessons from 2009 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Tim Bailey.
What Do the Common Core State Standards Mean for History Teaching and Learning?
Highlights a round table with teachers, curriculum directors, ed professors, and the director of the Common Core during which participants shared ideas, suggestions, and encouragement. Some veryuseful and practical advice here.
Bruce Lesh Lesson Plans
Posted on the Century of Progress TAH site, you'll find lessons, documents, and instructional tools.
Teaching Channel: Common Core Videos
Useful collection of Common Core overviews and specific social studies lesson plan ideas.
Other Useful Sites & Tools
DocsTeach - (Click here to get PDF aligning DocsTeach lessons to Common Core)
Library of Congress
Literacy Strategies & Book Sites
Children's Literature with Social Studies
Great resources for K-6 teachers
Glossary of Instructional Strategies
Hundreds of effective strategies to try
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
Yearly list of K-8 tradebooks by the National Council for the Social Studie
Annontated Book List
An older but still useful list of books by topic
Schools of California Online Resources for Education / History & Social Studies
Lessons and extensive book lists by grade
Opening Doors with Childrens 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
Professional Development Books
Cooper, Sarah. Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9
Lesh, Bruce. Why Don’t You Just Tell Us the Answer? Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12
Nokes, Jeffery. Building Students' Historical Literacy: Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence
Schwebel, Sara. Child-Sized History: Fictions of the Past in US Classrooms
Wineburg, Sam. Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School Classrooms
Wyman, Richard. America’s History Through Young Voices: Using Primary Sources in the K-12 Social Studies Classroom