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A Standard A Day Keeps the Admins Away: The Implementing CCSS in the Social Studies Classroom Series

Over the next 10 posts, I will address each of the Common Core Standards for the Social Studies in one of my blog posts each week.  I am hoping this will help new teachers, and even those with experience, to implement the CCSS without panic and pressure as the new year begins.  One key thing to remember is that we are doing what we've always done in the Social Studies classroom - We are teaching using primary sources, critical thinking skills, and a focus on reading for content knowledge, understanding, and application.

A series on how to teach the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom starting with how to read common core.

To get started, let me set up the basis for this series.

While the image below uses the standards for grades 9-10, they are the same strands for 6-8 and 11-12, just adding focus on grade level reading in the classroom lessons to support the Language Arts curriculum.  Each grade level grouping also adds depth and detail to each strand, with emphasis on critical thinking and further development.


A series on how to teach the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom starting with how to read common core.


I will refer to these throughout the postings simply by the Standard or Strand Number.  Example:  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

For a complete listing of the Common Core Standards, visit the Common Core State Standards Initiative. 

For Social Studies, here are the direct links for each grade level grouping:

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-10

Grades 11-12

Here we go!  Stop back Monday for Standard 1.

Happy Teaching!