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"Part of the motivation behind the interdisciplinary approach to literacy promulgated by the Standards is extensive research establishing the need for college and career ready students to be proficient in reading complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas. Most of the required reading in college and workforce training programs is informational in structure and challenging in content; postsecondary education programs typically provide students with both a higher volume of such reading than is generally required in K–12 schools and comparatively little scaffolding..."
From the introduction of "The Common Core Standards"
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Feb 9, 2014
Resources for Finding and Using Informational Texts for Science, Social Studies, CTAE, and English Language Arts
The New York Times Learning Network:
The New York Times has professional educators who create weekly lesson plans incorporating news articles from the paper.
provides teaching and learning strategies you can use before, during, and after instruction.
Video tutorials to help you find informational texts that will meet your students' instructional needs.
How Stuff Works
Explanations of just about everything.
The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum
One of the greatest and most accessible resources for any study of the Holocaust. Print photographs, letters, diary entries. Access historical summaries. Don’t miss the Education department, which provides resources for teachers.
he Library of Congress section on American Memory
An indispensible archive from the Library of Congress section on American Memory. Download historical pamphlets from the African American pamplet collection, or three centuries of broadsides, including invitations to pioneers to get their land grants. Look at photographs from the Depression, or from the American West. Subheadings lead you to the archives of collections. You can print from the online image.
Time For Kids
Time Magazine's kids friendly articles.
Over Four Thousand primary documents from the National Archives; tons of resources and ready to use tools to enhance your instruction
Gilder Lehrman Institute
a massive variety of resources to assist teachers and students; provides documents and exercises for classroom use, and encourages excellence in student writing with essay prizes.
Plenty of useful materials such as an alternative textbook, teaching ideas, primary documents, learning modules, and media rich lessons.
The National Repository of Online courses: provides teachers with video clips on every unit, key readings, and so much more.
Designed by the National History Education Clearinghouse. Offers history materials from “Ask a historian,” teaching materials, and best practices.
From the National Endowment from the Humanities. This website offers free resources and over 393 history lessons for teachers. These lessons stress primary source documents, critical thinking, and other common core skills. The website is extremely easy to navigate and it has a plethora of valuable and easy to implement lessons.
Online educational materials FREE for educators such as vocabulary building activities, review games, interactive links, and assessments.
DBQ and Thematic Essay
Greece Public Schools in Greece, NY has collections of Document Based Questions and Thematic Essays. Many come from New York State exams
Eye Witness to History
This site incorporates primary sources such as first-hand accounts, vintage photographs, and radio broadcasts into the classroom.
Reading Like a Historian
A curriculum that engages students in historial inquiry. The
Standford History Education Group
produced over 75 Lesson Plans based on primary documents and activities to engage your students in the study of United States History. Asks students to form an opinion, and debate primary source materials: meaningful historical inquiry.
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