How do the CCSS require learning about the US Constitution?
The Common Core requires students to build knowledge through content rich nonfiction. This doesn't just mean students are reading random selections of nonfiction, but are building knowledge about a specific content or topic through reading nonfiction. Today in my fifth grade classrooms, students read an informational text about the creation of the constitution. They also did a close reading of the preamble, analyzing new vocabulary. Tomorrow my students will answer text-dependent questions about the informational piece we read today.
In addition, grades 6 through 12 have ELA standards for history/social studies. These standards include specifics about using primary sources with students. The Constitution would be a perfect primary source to use with upper level US History students. Students could also use the Federalist Papers to evaluate or analyze elements of persuasion (also ELA history/social studies standards). There are many ways the US Constitution fits into the Common Core Standards.
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