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Meeting state and national standards shouldn’t be complicated


Simplify the Standards

With resources designed to hit Common Core standards while reinforcing core history content, these booklet packs also develop reading, writing, and historical thinking skills. All the activities in Applying Common Core and Common Core Assessments have clear instructions, suggested answers, and they require minimal prep time.
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Colonial Times
The Constitution-Z332
The American Revolution-HS952
Writing The Constitution-HS953
Applying Common Core
U.S. history booklet packs
Common Core Assessments
U.S. history booklet packs

"Common Core standards challenge history teachers to develop
in students the complex literacy skills they need in today's world…"
—Jonathan Burack, author of Common Core Assessments series

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Applying Common Core: Colonial Times

Applying Common Core

  • Hit every 6–8 Common Core History/Social Studies Standard at least once, tracking them as you go with
    a convenient chart.
  • Students develop writing skills as they assess history topics using short-answer questions, close reading, essay assignments, Socratic seminars, and analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Components

Packs contain 15 or 16 booklets. Each booklet has 6 activities and 3 writing assignments, selected answers, a glossary of the standards, and Tracking Common Core Standards chart.

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  1. Chapters of each booklet are organized in the same way as the Common Core Standards, for example, "Craft and Structure."
  2. Each activity explicitly states standards covered, with a glossary of what they are.
  3. Directions are short, organized, and to the point; designed for quick prep.
  4. Extensions for deepening skills and knowledge-base with engaging activities.
Develop skills listed in the standards:
Reading
  • Cite textual evidence
  • Summarize primary sources
  • Assess meaning via context
  • Analyze ordering of information
  • Identify author’s purpose
  • Interpret visuals
  • Distinguish among fact, opinion, and
    reasoned judgement
  • Compare primary and secondary sources
  • Comprehend complexity
Writing
  • Write argumentatively
  • Write for a specific audience
  • Use a writing process
  • Publish writing for an audience
  • Research to answer a question
  • Use multiple credible sources
  • Support essays with quotations
  • Write over extended time frames
Speaking and Listening
  • Discuss collaboratively
  • Express opinions clearly
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The American Revolution
Writing The Constitution

Common Core Assessments

  • Develop strong historical thinking skills with reading and writing activities, crafted to correspond to the standards.
  • Each booklet contains lessons for the 9 Common Core History/Social Studies Reading Standards, and 2 writing assignments using 2 of the 4 anchor Common Core History/Social Studies Writing Standards. These work perfectly as focused Common Core activities to supplement topics you already teach.

Components

Packs contain 16 or 24 booklets. Each booklet has Basic Level activities for middle school and Advanced Level activities for high school, plus suggested answers.

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  1. Each activity lists which standards are covered.
  2. Includes thorough explanations of what abilities and skills the standard is designed to measure.
  3. Assessment is easy with answers provided for reading activities and examples of best responses provided for writing questions.
  4. Reproducible student handouts provide primary sources along with in-depth source information to indicate historical context.
Develop key historical thinking skills:
  • General and discipline-
    specific literacy
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Critical thinking
  • Citing evidence
  • Close reading
  • Point of view
  • Corroborating sources
  • Contextualizing
Let us build Common Core into your middle school U.S. history curriculum
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U.S. History Booklets