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History: Common Core Connections
The English Language Arts Anchor Standards and the ELA Standards for History/Social Studies from the Common Core State Standards identify a number of critical social studies skills that are the basis for many of the lessons on this website. This “Common Core Connections” section of the website provides examples of lessons from throughout the span of American history and shows how these lessons can be used to help students move toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
Many of the lessons ask students to read and interpret a variety of primary and secondary text material. The CCSS ELA Reading standards focus on skills such as “determine an author’s point of view”, “provide an objective summary of the text”, “delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text”, “analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic”, and “integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words”. The ELA Standards for History/Social Studies include skills such as “analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic”, “distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text”, “analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused the later ones or simply preceded them”, and “integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources”.
Additionally, many of the website’s lessons ask student to show their understanding of historical events and ideas in writing. The ELA Standards and the ELA standards for History/Social studies expect students to be able to “support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text” ; “gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism”; and “integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital texts”.
History lessons based on primary and secondary sources provide rich content material to help students enhance these skills. The lessons included in this “Common Core Connections” section are examples to show how the Common Core State Standards blend nicely with inquiry American history lessons. The website features over 400 lessons that can help students not only gain a better understanding of American history, but can improve their reading and writing skills in the process.