History and Common Core Resources for Your Tool Box

10/02/2012 8:16 PM | Elizabeth Ramos (Administrator)
Welcome to the California Council for the Social Studies Classroom Tech Blog! You will find a variety of tools to add to your arsenal for an engaging classroom. The websites below contain a variety of resources and lesson plans aligned to history and the Common Core Standards. Additional resources and lesson ideas will be posted here as well. Enjoy!

America in Class
Collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards undefined historical documents, literary texts, and works of art undefined thematically organized with notes and discussion questions.

Designed to help teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom, has a wealth of history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible available by grade level. Each grade level page also has material on thinking like a historian and using technology. Going Beyond the Textbook has thematic lessons with What does the text say? What do historians say?, What do the sources say?...great in meeting the Common Core performance tasks.
The library of Congress has classroom materials ready to go for teachers. You can search for material by state standards, lesson plans, themed resources, primary source sets, presentations and activities, or  collection connections. The American Memory Timeline  is great for students to use for class activities, lesson extensions, or projects.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has created ten Common Core units in American History. Each unit has an overview, lesson plans, objectives, and materials. The lessons span Columbusto Martin Luther King Jr.

                                                                  History by Era
This is another great collection by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. It is a collection of fifty individual introductions written by some of the most distinguished scholars of our day… historiography and the Common Core. It thus speaks to the reader not in one voice, but in fifty different, unique voices as each of these scholars interprets the developments, movements, events, and ideas of a particular era.

Each Era follows the same template so that readers can move easily from one to another. An introduction to the time period is followed by essays by leading scholars; primary sources with images, transcripts, and a historical introduction; multimedia presentations by historians and master teachers; interactive presentations; and lesson plans and other classroom resources. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities has a collection of AP level lessons based on primary source documents that cover the most frequently taught topics and themes in American history.

Reading Like a Historian is a project of the Stanford History Education Group. It is high school history curriculum that is literacy-rich and document-based. The focus is on core content, critical thinking, and improving reading comprehension.

The Huntington Library examines three struggles in American history; independence, rights, and equality. Each topic has a timeline and a series of primary sources and explanations/context organized by subtopic.

American Democracy in Word and Deed
This TAH project worked with the UC Berkely History project to create a variety of history lessons aligned with California's grade 4, 5, 8, and 11 curriculum. They also have Common Core literacy resources targeted at reading and writing that can be used with various grade levels and across the curriculum.

Content Trailers
WOW! West Baton Rouge Parish Schools have created content trailers for grades pre-K through secondary and all subjects. "A Content Trailer is a short, 2- to 3-minute, media-rich experience from which a point of inquiry can begin. The vehicle is unimportant in the relationship to the concept. Providing students with the images and sounds that can be attached to the textual information that they will be exploring can provide a profound shift in the way learning is engaged. Content Trailers can be one tool to help the process of inquiry begin.

What is this Common Core educators are talking about? Engage NY has a wealth of Common Core resources that is helpful regardless of what state you are in- I’m in California.

Literacy TA has Common Core materials. They break the Common Core down toReading in Action, Writing in Action, and Speaking in Action. For each of these they identify the standard with the appropriate literacy skills and application ideas and worksheets. While you do need to pay for the worksheets, if you hover you mouse over the image you get an idea of the handout…most teachers have something like these already. Many teachers are already teaching the Common Core, seeing the handouts help you to identify your activities/lessons to the Common Core.

Planbook is an online planbook where you can input your lesson, notes, homework assignment, and select what state and Common Core standards apply to your lesson. You can give it a free trial and after that it is $12 a year. When selecting your standards, you can add state and Common separately. In doing this, most teachers will realize they are already integrating Common Core in the classroom. As states move into implementation of the Common Core, this is a great school for leaders of PD and teachers in identifying what they are doing in the classroom. If desired, you can create a teacher key to share lessons with other teachers or a student key to allow others (principals, parents, students, etc) to view your lesson plan.
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