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Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project

Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Four years ago, Amy Bloom, a History/Social Studies Consultant for Oakland Schools, realized there was a massive gap in Michigan’s move to tie Social Studies coursework to the new State Standards. The essential, missing link? Classroom Curriculum!

 

The Michigan Department of Education provided clear Content Expectations for Social Studies and History, so Amy simply stepped up to the enormous job of leading the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum (MC3) project to find, create and align the content that Kindergarten-to-Grade 11 teachers would find appropriate and useful.

 

“We encourage Social Studies and History teachers to personalize our material – to take it and make it their own. The entire curriculum is online on the Oakland Schools website, and it’s FREE to download and use!”

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Framework for Social Studies Standards To Be Released

Framework for Social Studies Standards To Be Released | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A draft framework for common social studies standards is set to be released on Nov. 17.

 

So what is this document? Early signs suggest that you shouldn't expect something that prescribes the specific issues, trends, or events that students should study, but rather describes the structure, tools, and habits of mind they need in order to undertake an exploration of the discipline, and offers states a frame for the content they choose.

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Beyond the Bubble: Teaching and Assessment with Primary Source Docs

Beyond the Bubble: Teaching and Assessment with Primary Source Docs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Spend time reviewing this collection of innovative assessments mapped to common core standards in easy-to-use, classroom-friendly format.  Click on "Assessments" and review offerings on historical thinking and learning skills such as contextualization, use of evidence, sourcing, corroboration. Simple 3 point rubics also provided that go "beyond the bubble" in gauging students' historical thinking.

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Literature of the Civil War | EDSITEment

Literature of the Civil War | EDSITEment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Teachers of ELA and Social Studies, consider using EDSITEment for planning collaborative units.

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NYS Common Core K-8 Social Studies Framework is Now Posted for Public Review and Comment

NYS Common Core K-8 Social Studies Framework is Now Posted for Public Review and Comment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Review and provide feedback for the recently released CCSS K-8 Social Studies framework.

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Infographics and the Common Core

Infographics and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Infographics have recently become a popular way to communicate information visually both in print and online. This resource offers many strategies, examples and tools for using and creating infographics.

 

Although this website offers suggestions for Science and Technical Subjects, infographics are also very well suited for Social Studies.

 

Besides teaching literacy standards 5 and 7 in History, Social Studies and Technical Subjects, integrate NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) (#3) to teach students to use digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.

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Whit's End: iPad Activities for the Common Core in High School Social Studies

With so many schools implementing 1:1 programs in their schools, you may find this list of how to utilize iPads in a Social Studies class helpful. Most apps are free and all are divided into categories according to difficulty and aligned with CCSS Reading. 

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United States' Founding Documents

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Great non-fiction resource that includes documents and principles of our country's founding fathers. Includes timelines, historical docs written by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Wilson, George Washington, et al.

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Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs | Teaching with the Library of Congress

Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs | Teaching with the Library of Congress | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are on many teachers’ minds this school year, and the Library of Congress is ready to help. The Library’s teacher resources are a great fit for teachers trying to meet key CCSS goals, including critical thinking, analyzing informational texts, and working with primary sources. They’re all free, and finding them is as easy as going to www.loc.gov/teachers.

 

The Search by Standards Tool on www.loc.gov/teachers
Hundreds of Library of Congress lesson plans, primary source sets, presentations and more—all based on authentic primary sources from the Library’s online collections—are now aligned to the CCSS, to state content standards, and to several national organizations’ standards.

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EdSITEment: Picturing America

EdSITEment: Picturing America | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Imagine using art to teach American History?

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Curriculum | Stanford History Education Group

Curriculum | Stanford History Education Group | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Consider using this resource in planning social studies lessons/units with Common Core Reading standards.

 

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents modified for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.

 

This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on issues from King Philip's War to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and make historical claims backed by documentary evidence.

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Engaging Students in the Discourse of History | Let's Talk Debates, Not Just Dates

Engaging Students in the Discourse of History | Let's Talk Debates, Not Just Dates | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Love this!

 

"What I have since learned is that while history may begin with facts, it does not end there. The excitement and rigor of learning history lies in the interpretation—how one makes sense of the facts. Learning history provides an opportunity for our students to have a voice in an ongoing dialogue about what happened in the past and why it matters. To engage in this scholarly dialogue, our students must learn what it means to think, read, and write like historians."

 

... and why it matters!  Great thinking here as the author shares the importance of critical thinking and writing historical arguments. 

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State releases roadmap for Common Core-aligned social studies | GothamSchools

State releases roadmap for Common Core-aligned social studies | GothamSchools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Social studies teachers who want to align their instruction to the Common Core have so far gotten only limited guidance. Now, they are getting a helping hand from the New York State Education Department, which recently released a proposal for revising what is taught in social studies and when.

 

The department is soliciting feedback on the proposed guidelines, which lay out expectations for social studies teachers and students in kindergarten through eighth-grade

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CCSS Reading: Two Common Core Blunders To Avoid

CCSS Reading: Two Common Core Blunders To Avoid | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great article that gives practical suggestions about how content area teachers in Science and Social Studies can become more focused on reading and how ELA teachers can complement fictional texts with non-fiction articles.

 

"Please, let's not rob students of a well-rounded education just because the Common Core seems to have added some new focal points to literacy instruction, making it seem like there's "more to cover." Collaborate across disciplines instead!"

 

And direct from the CCSS Initiative website:

 

"Myth: English teachers will be asked to teach science and social studies reading materials.

 

Fact: With the Common Core ELA Standards, English teachers will still teach their students literature as well as literary non-fiction. However, because college and career readiness overwhelmingly focuses on complex texts outside of literature, these standards also ensure students are being prepared to read, write, and research across the curriculum, including in history and science. These goals can be achieved by ensuring that teachers in other disciplines are also focusing on reading and writing to build knowledge within their subject areas."

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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy

History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For years, educators have been trying to free history instruction from the mire of memorization and propel it instead with the kinds of inquiry that drive historians themselves. Now, the common-core standards may offer more impetus for districts and schools to adopt that brand of instruction.


A study of one such approach suggests that it can yield a triple academic benefit: It can deepen students’ content knowledge, help them think like historians, and also build their reading comprehension.


The Reading Like a Historian program, a set of 75 free secondary school lessons in U.S. history, is getting a new wave of attention as teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts.

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US History Websites with the Common Core

US History Websites with the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The CCSS are intended to engage students in the history curriculum and teach them skills needed to be successful as 21st century leaners. The following is a collection of websites useful to supplement the curriculum and engage students.

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