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How will CCSS shape social studies standards?

Aug 9, 2013 1:58pm

I'm particularly interested in how it will shape social studies standards outside of just literacy. This article does a good job of highlighting the need for a focus on other disciplines of historical study: And, as someone who's lived in several different states, I'm curious about how the encouragement of a common base of community knowledge through local and state history education will be addressed.

  • Social Studies
  • Pre K-12
  • Common Core / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Sep 3, 2013 12:53pm

      Hi Jeff--
      I was recently provided a draft of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and in conducting an online search (motivated by your question), I have found an online link to the same document:

      The document not only outlines grade by grade expectations along four social science dimensions (Developing inquiries, Applying disciplinary concepts & tools, Evaluating sources & using evidence, Communicating conclusions & taking informed action) and "details connections between the ELA/Literacy Common Core.

      Hope this provides something more meaty in terms of the disciplinary content and theory you are seeking.


      • Sep 3, 2013 10:54am

        Hi Jeff,

        Here's a link to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Sciences, as well as some exemplar lessons:

        You may also want to look at this CCSS Instructional Practice Guide for History/Social Sciences-- it's a reflective tool for planning and practice:

        • Sep 4, 2013 8:13pm

          I think this is a really interesting conversation. Jeff's point about literacy is a good one, but literacy is, after all, the ability to read and write. Common Core is about student proficiency and specific skills. In ELA, there is little specificity with regard to genres other than fiction and non-fiction. 19th century British? 17th century American? Modern drama? Shakespeare? Multicultural women's literature? Sure. Why not? I think the same will be true for social studies.

          Working with Dea's resources, too, I think it helps uncover that Common Core expects teachers to use their professional judgment. Do you spend more time on specific events during the Civil War and teach students to extrapolate? Do you help them then learn connections between those events and later events in American history? Do you help them see the underlying political, social, economic, and other influences of decisions and events? Yes.

          Common Core invites if not begs teachers to go slowly, to go deeper and make sure students have skills, capabilities, AND proficiencies they can apply elsewhere.


          • Sep 3, 2013 9:03am

            Hi Crystal - those are great points, but they are literacy-focused. Can you share any insight on how the standards will be shaped outside of that, or is all of social studies just an application of literacy principles to a particular subject matter?

            • Sep 3, 2013 12:58pm

              Dea - those links are great - thank you very much!