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Hi Everyone!! What is the best way I can integrate my Social Studies Background and Teach this subject in keeping with the new Common Core Standards? ( From Ed Lloyd-Social Studies Teacher-Mddle School in California.

Jan 7, 2014 2:21pm

  • Social Studies


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    • Jan 15, 2014 8:50pm

      Hi Edwin-

      The Common Core doesn't have any content standards for social studies. They just identify ELA standards which need to be incorporated into your class. Therefore, you can use all your social studies background to teach your state's frameworks for social studies, and then you can evaluate students' understanding of content by assessing them using prompts that align to the Common Core standards for history/social studies.


      • Mar 9, 2014 3:18am

        Ed, actually social studies is an ideal content area for teaching and reinforcing the ELA CCSS. Students have the opportunity to practice close reading, informational text and use their ELA skills in social studies to form an argument about the content. For example, a teacher whose students are studying the Civil War examine primary source documents and discuss the position of the states on slavery. They would read diaries, speeches, etc. An example of a lesson plan that would follow this approach may be found at