Standards and the Common Core

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.

And I know that state, national, and Common Core literacy standards are freaking some of you out. So you’ll find a few things here that might help settle the nerves a bit.

Presentation Goodies

Slideshare version of K-5 presentation (Spring 2014)
C4 Framework presentation (MACE Spring 2014)

Forget What You Know About History article
Making the Declaration of Independence Come Alive video
If They Can Google It . . .
Teaching Students to Ask Good Questions
TED Talk: Did Socrates Get It Wrong?
QFT Resources

Photo One / Photo Two
Salute Photo One / Two / Three
iPhone from the Past
Latest version of state standards
NCSS College, Career, and Civic Life national standards
State Assessment Template
8th Grade Assessment Sample

Useful Common Core / Historical Thinking sites

Teaching the Common Core
Article and sample lessons from 2009 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Tim Bailey.
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.

Web Sites & Lesson Plans

Smithsonian Lessons
Smithsonian History Explorer
Teaching History
Best of History Web Sites
Gilder Lehrman Modules

Digital History
Read and Writing in the Social Studies
Teaching Tolerance
My Wonderful World
Edsitement: The Best of the Humanities on the Web

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
National Park Service: Links to the Past
Social Studies Central Lesson Plans page
National Geographic Teaching Resources

Literacy Strategies / Book Sites

Literature with Social Studies Themes
Great resources for K-6 teachers
Notable Tradebooks
Yearly list of K-8 tradebooks by the National Council for the Social Studies
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
Goal is to provide educators with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts
Reading as a Strategic Activity
Four types of strategies: reading, vocabulary, discussion, organization
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