Facing History offers a wide array of resources and publications that help teachers meet the Common Core State Standards. Our resources emphasize close reading of challenging texts, critical analysis, and the development of critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills. We also offer professional development that has been proven to enhance teacher effectiveness and students’ academic development.
Common Core Writing Prompts
The following guides pair argumentative writing prompts and strategies with existing Facing History teaching units.
Collections of Primary and Secondary Sources
The following resource books and web resources are collections of complex texts. These primary and secondary sources illuminate a period of history through a wide range of documents, including speeches, court documents, newspaper articles, images, and more. Most documents are in the 9th–12th grade reading level. Some are more advanced.
The following teaching units lead teachers through a six- to eight-week unit on a historical case study. Within the guides are lesson plans that incorporate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, using a wide range of nonfiction and literary texts.
Integrating Historical Content with Film
The following study guides are designed to help teachers integrate a documentary film into a historical or literature case study. Each guide includes nonfiction and primary sources to enhance the film.
Integrating Historical Content with Literature and Memoir
The following study guides were developed for English/Language Arts teachers who are working with a novel, memoir, or other text. Each guide includes nonfiction to enhance the study of each text.