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A Standard A Day Keeps The Admins Away: Standard 3

Welcome back to my series on Implementing the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom!
A Series on Implementing the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom! - Standard 3

Common Core Standard 3 for Social Studies:

A Series on Implementing the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom! - Standard 3CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

This is another easy one for the Social Studies classroom.  We just call it Timelining and Determining Cause & Effect.  With most Social Studies classes being taught in chronological order, helping students attain this skill is much easier to achieve than some of the other standards.  Still, there are a few strategies to use to help implement this standard for the greatest student benefit:
A Series on Implementing the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom! - Standard 3

  1. Introduce students to timelining and the idea of identifying events in chronological order from the very first days of school.  Use Class Bookmarks with unit listings to help students see the order in which they will be introduced to the different themes or eras in history.  Utilize the bookmarks to assign tasks, to check off completed topics, or to implement research projects.
  2. Assign "Annotated & Illustrated Timelines" as a unit review.  The steps required in this assignment serve many purposes.  
    • It will help students navigate back through their class activity notes to gather information. 
    • They will re-read content they have studied in the unit.  
    • They will again process key information. 
    • Some skills will be revisited.  
    • They must order events chronologically. 
    • The annotations will re-address Standard 2
    • Illustrations will help students to visualize and remember the content for later recall.
  3. In studying topics like the Holocaust or 9/11 where a level of reverence and respect is required, implement a "Silent Timeline Activity."  This activity will deliver the content, require students to place events in order, but also help to make a significant impression on the students with its implemented level of decorum.  
  4. Use Visuals to help students grasp the causes and effects of historic events.  From images to charts and graphs, students can see the reality of the events through information that may be missed in text.  Walking Tours and Centers Activities, as mentioned with earlier Standards, can help achieve this goal.
A Series on Implementing the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom! - Standard 3

A Series on Implementing the Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies classroom! - Standard 3


For a variety of interactive lessons that can help you to implement this standard, please visit my TpT Store.  Be sure to check out my Timeline Activities and Cause and Effect products!

Continue on here with Standard 4!

Happy Teaching!