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Common Core Standards & Teaching with Historic Places

Common Core

In 2010, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers published the Common Core State Standards. These standards are guidelines for what students should know in the field of math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teaching with Historic Places offers challenging and engaging lesson plan materials for teachers to help their students meet the Common Core State Standards. Lesson plans serve the Common Core strands both with their primary content and with their recommended activities.

Social Studies Standards

Teaching with Historic Places is also ideal for educators planning curricula to meet standards based on the College, Career & Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards (C3). The National Council for the Social Studies published these standards in 2013.

While the Common Core, like the Framework, supports "college and career readiness," the C3 Framework puts an equal emphasis on preparing students to be engaged citizens. The goal of the C3 Framework is to inspire students' future success in college, their careers, and lives as citizens.

The C3 Framework and the Common Core Standards put forward a vision where students read, analyze, and cite evidence from informational texts and other sources to answer complex questions. Teaching with Historic Places lessons are also multidisciplinary, often covering two or more social studies and humanities topics within a single lesson.

The lesson plans highlighted below represent how many of the lesson plans fulfil the Common Core standards of Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range of Reading Level of Text Complexity.

Many of the approximately 160 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans also meet the Social Studies Standards, which are not listed here. Curriculum criteria can be found on each lesson plan individually.

Key Ideas and Details


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-12.1 : Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-12.2 : Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source.



Craft and Structure


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-12.4 : Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-12.5 : Describe how a text presents information.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-12.6 : Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose.


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-12.7 : Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-12.8 : Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.


Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-12.10 : Read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the relevant grade range's text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Last updated: March 24, 2020