Social Studies and Common Core State Standards
Margaret Hill, Chair of Publications and Technology Committee, California Council for the Social Studies
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|HOW DO COMMON CORE STANDARDS & H-SS RELATE?
California’s Common Core ELA Standards are built on an assumption that reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language is a shared responsibility within the school in order that all students graduate with college and career readiness. The K–5 ELA Common Core State Standards include expectations for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language applicable to a range of subjects, including social studies. The grades 6–12 standards are divided into two sections, one for ELA and the other for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.
It is now recognized by many educational researchers that quality social studies instruction is critical not only to the future success of the social, economic, and political system but to the immediate and measurable success of student performance on the ELA Common Core State Standards. When the Standards first came out, Daisy Martin of the National History Education Clearinghouse http://teachinghistory.org/nhec-blog/25306 described this connection showing how many social studies educators who have organized their classroom around inquiry and primary sources supported by student writing and discussion have already been “implementing” the Common Core Standards with marked success.
The California Council for the Social Studies is working with Stacy Greer, H-SS Programs Consultant, at the California Department of Education to provide members with key information, lessons, resources, and learning opportunities to provide language rich and inquiry-based social studies instruction. Common Core Standards Professional Learning Modules are now available from the California Department of Education, the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Committee, and from other states.
Common Core State Standards
This California Department of Education site has copies of both common core state standards documents: California Common Core Standards for English Languages Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and California Common Core Standards in Math. Also at this page is the Common Core implementation and assessment plan for California and is the site where the CDE posts Common Core related documents and other information for use by schools in professional development.
Common Core State Standards Professional Learning Modules
This series of professional development was created through collaborative efforts between the California Department of Education and content and professional learning experts throughout California to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. Here is a set of modules that will be completed by September 2013, and are available in both online and on-site professional learning formats.
Common Core Content Standards for ELA: Overview PowerPoint Presentation
At the site, scroll to the title listed for the initial PowerPoint with notes developed to introduce the Common Core State Standards in ELA in 2011 and updated in mid 2012. This is a starting point for teachers, administrators, and parents. The introductory information on the CCSS.org website is based on this document.
CCSS: Overview of the Common Core State Standards for California Educators
This is a video professional development module describing how the Common Core Standards are different from the previous California standards.
California's Common Core Standards An Introduction for Teachers - English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Science
and Science and Technical Subjects
This is another of the early introductory PowerPoints on the meaning of the Common Core State Standards reform developed for teachers of grades 6 through 12 and updated in mid 2012. The goal of the reform is stated as “All students are college and career ready in literacy by no later than the end of high school. “
CCSS ELA: Reading Informational Text
This CCSS video module deals with reading literature and informational text, dimensions of text complexity, and how to support student comprehension
of informational text.
CCSS ELA: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze
This CCSS video module deals with understanding and teaching the common core writing standards, planning lessons for informational and argumentative writing, and learning from students’ work and teachers’ lessons.
Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing
Blogger Heataher Wolpert-Gawron offers a deeply engaging way to integrate H-SS content into a mixed genre of narrative/informational writing through historical fiction as a method to support implementation of Common Core ELA Standards.
Common Core in Action: Argumentative Writing is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards
Writing persuasively is a key skill for college and career readiness regardless of the path a student takes. Here are three ways of looking at the skill through thesis, evidence, and commentary.
LACOE - Common Core State Standards Workshop Materials
This set of workshop resources, especially those on English Language Arts, provides useful materials for elementary, middle and high school social studies teachers to integrate H-SS content with Common Core ELA Standards skills.
Aligning Materials and Curriculum
Here are tools for evaluating and developing Common Core-aligned materials, as well as free Common Core-aligned resources.
Identifying Common Core in the Classroom
This webpage has Evidence Guides: Common Core-aligned practice made clear. These tools provide specific guidance for what the Common Core State
Standards for ELA / literacy and math look like in planning and practice. They are designed as developmental tools for teachers and those who support
Here are brief videos of classrooms in action. This link is to the series of H-SS videos that demonstrate the types of learning and thinking that are in the
Common Core State Standards. Included are clips of classrooms using various elements of “reading like an historian,” active inquiry, analysis of non
traditional reading materials such as maps, charts, film, and art and responding to real events, and much more.
Below are videos that demonstrate other strategies that are applicable to common core in a H-SS setting. The Teaching Channel site is rapidly expanding
so continually revisit the site for more ideas.
Read /Discuss Debate: Evaluating Arguments
Socratic Seminar: Supporting Claims and CounterclaimsEvidence & Arguments: Lesson Reflection
Getting Ready to Write Using Textual Evidence-Child Labor
Exploring Copyrights and Wrongs
History-Social Science Resources/Lessons that support the CCSS in ELA (may require a local review process)
The following lessons and classroom sources have been developed by H-SS leaders and organizations to give examples of ways to translate the state
standards documents into classroom practice:
Brokers of ExpertiseThe History Blueprint – The Civil War
This is a mega site for registered educators (free) with hundreds of reviewed resources for use in schools, many related to Common Core. It's a little challenging
to find what you want at first but it is worth the effort and you can save favorites for future use.
The History Blueprint is a dynamic program of curriculum, innovative assessment tools, student literacy support, and teacher professional development,
aligned with the Common Core State Standards. It uses historical investigations, comprehension and vocabulary development activities, and analysis and
evaluation of arguments about various issues of the Civil War. A similar unit on the Middle Ages is currently under development.
The History Blueprint - The Cold War
The Cold War project includes Common-Core aligned curriculum, assessments, literacy, and teacher professional development. Drawing on new historical
scholarship about the global context of the Cold War, the unit is framed around the investigation question: Why and how was the Cold War fought?
Voices from Little Rock: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement Through Primary Sources
This module of 15 lessons developed by Expeditionary Learning is a model of common core aligned history-social science instruction. The resources include primary sources and assessments as well as descriptions of teacher instructional practice and students activities. (MS & HS)
From Revolution to Democracy: The Complex Fight for Freedom
This module consists of two units that model what Common Core aligned H-SS instruction may look like. The two units serve as "bookends" to the study of the American Revolution. Unit 1 delves into the pre-Revolutionary period (1754-1776) through the close reading of primary and secondary sources. Unit 2, Post-Revolution: The Critical Period (1781 – 1787), focuses on various stakeholders unhappy with early attempts to build a new federal government. Materials include lesson level agendas with text-dependent questions and activities, as well as formative and summative assessments.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Teaching Literacy Through History
Teaching Literacy Through History provides lessons and professional development opportunities to align and adapt instructional content and strategies to Common Core State Standards.
California’s Diversity: Past and Present – Lessons for the Fair Education Act of 2011 What Was the Purpose of the Preamble? (5th Grade) http://www.calhum.org/files/uploads/program_related/TD-Purpose-of-the-Preamble-Lesson.pdf
This set of lessons was developed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation in partnership with the California Three Rs Project to assist schools in implementing
the changes to the Education Code related to teaching about the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds including LGBT, the disabled, and Asian and
Pacific Islanders. All lessons are aligned to the Common Core State ELA Standards and use instructional strategies that build the capacity for civil dialogue in
dealing with controversial issues.
This lesson from the California Council of Humanities and the California History-Social Science Project is a model of how to integrate H-SS content and ELA Common Core instructional outcomes.
Preparing Students for College, Career, and CITIZENSHIP: A California Guide to Align Civic Education and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
This guide is intended to achieve a dual purpose: to provide English-Language Arts teachers a civic education context for improving literacy skills and, to provide
social studies teachers a pedagogical framework for building literacy competencies needed for civic life. The organizing ELA competencies are derived from the
Common Core State Standards in ELA.
Reading Like a Historian
This website has and overview of what it looks like to “read like a historian” and lessons for major content topics and questions in the US history and world history
curriculum. This site predates the Common Core’s development but the research of the Stanford History Education Group that developed it is infused in the Common
Core State Standards.
Library of Congress’ Teachers’ Page
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital
collections in their teaching. Teachers may search for materials by Common Core Standard or by Content Standard topic.
Thinkfinity Social Studies
Select social studies and your grade level at this site to search for inquiry-based lessons from the top organizations such as National Geographic, EDSITEment,
Econedlink, Smithsonian’s Explorer, etc. Most of these lessons employ Common Core standards and strategies though some lessons do not identify these directly.
Pathways to America: Teaching About Immigration
In this Common Core ELA aligned New York Times Learning Network lesson, students examine the myriad issues surrounding an immigration overhaul, including border security, the economic impact of foreign-born workers, and paths to citizenship for those who have entered illegally. In extension activities, they can explore the history of immigration, consider the personal stories of immigrants and try their hand at crafting a compromise or competing bill that emphasizes their own priorities.
Argumentative Writing - Defining Bullying
In this New York Times Common Core lesson students read an Op Ed piece by Emily Bazelon "Is there a difference between drama and bullying in schools?" Using at least one quotation from the article, students then create a response to Ms Bazelon explaining their viewpoint based on their experience of school culture.
CRF Civic Action Project
Civic Action Project (CAP) is a project-based learning model for civics and government courses. CAP offers a content rich and motivating example of the integration of Common Core ELA Standards for literacy in H-SS, science and technical subjects.
What Was the Purpose of the Preamble?
Understanding Language: Persuasion Across Time and Space http://ell.stanford.edu/teaching_resources/ela This set of lessons for EL students uses topics in economics, world, and US history to teach English Learners how to analyze complex texts and to create persuasive writing.
This website written by and for teachers maintains are large number of resources for classroom use. It is free but users must register. There are a number of lesson materials for Common Core that can be used by history-social science teachers, such as the series by IM Kessel on Evidence-Based Claims. To find materials, search by standard or grade level or subject area.
Elements of Informational Text
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/multimedia/19273 In this University of North Carolina video, classroom footage and teacher interviews explore the features of nonfiction texts and illustrate how instruction with nonfiction differs from instruction using fictional texts. Of particular interest is the lesson on the difference between history and historical fiction. It links to two other relevant videos and an article.
Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core
This Edutopia blog article by Sara Hallermann from the Buck Institute describes six ways the Problem-Based Learning is aligned to the thinking and practice of Common Core Standards.
History Explorers: Historical Literacy and the Common Core
This Thinkfinity Blog site provides lots of information for teachers about implementing Common Core State Standards and has great promise for providing a way for teachers to share both their questions and their achievements.
The Source California History-Social Science Project
"Teaching the Common Core" – Special 2013 Issue
School Library Journal
"On Common Core - Deconstructing Nonfiction" - January 8, 2013
Text structures are important when considering how a book is constructed. Understanding of text structures helps students understand how the different elements
of a nonfiction book work together to contribute to the overall meaning.
"On Common Core - Talking about Nonfiction" - February 4, 2013
To fully access what they are reading, students need time to process it, and that processing is often most effective when done out loud.
"On Common Core - Nonfiction as Mentor Text" - March 30, 2013
This article looks at how selected books help students think about "the big picture," gaps in information, personal relevance, perspective taking, and alternatives to chronology.
"On Common Core - Non Fiction as Mentor Text: Style" - May 2, 2013
In their writing non fiction writers model specific styles and techniques that demonstrate a command of the written word, connect with and hook readers, and explain and contextualize important concepts. This article provides examples from specific books so teachers don't have to spend time searching for just the right source