Common Core State Standards for the Social Studies An Introduction Background • A state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) • Developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. http://www.corestandards.org/ “College and Career Ready” What does it really mean? “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” – Alvin Toffler CCSS and NGSSS • CCSS has been included in all course descriptions! • NGSSS is not going away. NGSSS are content (e.g. Civil War, Renaissance, etc.) • CCSS are skills that we want our students to have upon exiting the classroom (e.g. identifying a central idea, conducting research, etc.) • CCSS are a way to facilitate content – not replace it, or adding to it What do the CCSS for Social Studies look like? Common Core and Social Studies • Reading and Writing are the focus • Standards help to facilitate content, not more content • Standards are divided into “clusters” • There are four clusters for both reading and writing • Ten “anchor standards” make up the clusters Let’s take a closer look… Reading: Four Clusters (pg 60) • • • • Key Ideas and Details Craft and Structure Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity Page 61 breaks down grade specific elements for 6-12 Writing: Four Clusters (pg 63) • • • • Text Types and Purposes Production and Distribution of Writing Research to Build and Present Knowledge Range of Writing Page 64-66 breaks down grade specific elements for 6-12 What About K-5? • CCSS were not written for social studies in K-5 • Experts in ELA and Social Studies carefully selected CCSS from the ELA standards for these courses • Allows for easier integration between the two subjects How to Read CCCS in Social Studies Course Descriptions • • • • LACC = Language Arts Common Core MACC = Math Common Core RH = Reading History WHST = Writing History LACC.68.RH.1.1 Language Arts Common Core Grades 6-8 Cluster 1 Reading History Anchor Standard 1 So What’s Next? • Explore the standards. Most likely you will notice that this is just good teaching that you probably already do. • Take a look at your most updated course description.