Our Common Core Resources

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

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.

Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Eyes on the Prize Study Guide

Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

The Weimar Republic: The Fragility of Democracy

Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War

Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians

Fundamental Freedoms: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Teaching Units

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.

Choices in Little Rock

Decision Making in Times of Injustice

Civil Rights Historical Investigations

Integrating Historical Content with Film

Integrating Historical Content with Literature and Memoir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.

Teaching Red Scarf Girl

Sacred Texts, Modern Questions: Connecting Ethics and History through a Jewish Lens

I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People during the Holocaust (Salvaged Pages) Study Guide

Farewell to Manzanar Study Guide