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.
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?
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.
Historical Thinking & Primary Sources
Web Sites & Lesson Plans
Literacy Strategies / Book Sites
Literature with Social Studies Themes
Great resources for K-6 teachers
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
Video Games & Mobile Apps