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A Standard A Day Keeps The Admins Away: Standards 7-9

We are almost to the end in this series on Teaching Common Core in the Secondary Social Studies classroom.  Now we tackle three in one!

How to Teach Common Core Standards 7-9 in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom!

Common Core Standards 7-9 for Social Studies:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.7 Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.8 Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.9 Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

How to Teach Common Core Standards in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom!
American Regions Centers Activity
 Integrating knowledge and ideas in the Social Studies classroom is another one of the skills we practice on a regular basis.  Through the analysis of primary and secondary sources, we ask students to apply reasoning and to make comparisons for every topic we cover.  When we add in quantitative information, we allow our students to apply the information in a new and broader fashion.

Standard 7 asks teachers to utilize charts, graphs, and other quantitative information in evaluating information about a specific topic.  While some may look at this and think it leans more toward the math and science curriculums,  it is very much in our realm.  How?
  • As students evaluate the battles of the Civil War, ask them to consider the number of deaths and injuries.  Examine the survival rates for those injured in the Civil War to those of later wars in American History?  What new care is introduced during the Civil War that helps to improve these numbers?  (Answer:  The chance for survival is much better after the Civil War thanks to Clara Barton beginning the American Red Cross to treat those injured in war or other disasters.)
  • Introduce timelines with any unit and allow students to compute the time in which changes occur.  Then require students to make judgments about the time period or the changes that evolved in the short period of time.  (Example: Evaluate the changes in rights for Jews in Germany as the Nuremberg Laws and others are passed by Hitler's Nazi Party.)   
Standard 8 can be one of the more challenging standards for students to complete.  It not only asks students to identify the claim (or main idea) introduced by the author of a text, but it also requires that students find enough support in the text to justify the claim.  Many secondary sources will lay this out for the students, but primary sources are the challenge, therefore, teaching this requires great attention to finding that claim and finding the support provided.
  •  Use journal entries from any era in history to practice this skill.  Have students search for the claim made, and then return to the entry for support to the claim.  
  • Develop this skill through writing assignments in your classroom.  As students write claims, adding supporting evidence, they will be better apt to find the claims and support in others' writing.
How to Teach Common Core Standards 7-9 in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom!
Standard 9 is another staple for the Social Studies classroom.  For generations, History teachers taught with one textbook and it was assumed that the text provided 100% accuracy on every topic included.  This was not the case, and new history teaching methods require that students be exposed to a variety of sources to make their own judgments about each topic in history.  While this may seem daunting, it actually places the task of determining the truth in history on the students and allows them to become the researcher, evaluator, and assessor.
  • Use political cartoons to provide opposing views on topics in history, and allow students to determine "the truth" through their investigation of the topic with additional resources.
  • Introduce topics with images and allow students to improvise or role play to determine the meaning and significance of the images.  Use spiral questioning to develop the topic further, and follow-up with the evaluation of resources to support or refute the student ideas.
In addition to addressing each of these standards individually, utilizing tasks that will incorporate all three standards will help students gain a better understanding of the topics in history, and will also help them to develop the skills needed to become better historians and better students.

Some of my activities that can help to address all three standards at once:
Coming of Age in U.S.: Immigration through Stats and Images
Imperialism of Africa 4-Thought Organizer
Impact of the Civil Rights Movement 

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 Analysis Activities!

And finally... Here is the final post in the series: CCSS Standard 10.

Happy Teaching!