Our Work with Common Core

Facing History offers a wide array of educational resources, classroom tools and strategies, and professional development to help teachers and schools meet the Common Core. 

How One School Uses Facing History to Meet Standards

Teaching Units for Teachers, by Teachers

We worked with Facing History teachers to develop Common Core-aligned units and performance tasks based on Facing History curriculum content and the Literacy Design Collaborative‘s task templates.

Check out the Teacher-created Units for classroom-ready performance tasks.

These Tools Make Aligning Easy

Check out these Facing History resources designed to help history, social studies, and English language arts teachers meet the Common Core State Standards.

See our collection of Common Core Resources.

See our Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Facing History offers an array of flexible offerings that introduce social studies, English language arts, civics, and humanities educators to our innovative content while providing Common Core-aligned strategies and resources. Improve students’ literacy, historical understanding, critical thinking skills, and more, while meeting Common Core standards. Scholarships and graduate credit are available for many of our offerings. 

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National Council for the Social Studies' C3 Framework 

Aimed at developing responsible, informed, and engaged student citizens, the NCSS College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was purposefully designed to provide guidance to states and local school districts as they work to: 

  • enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines
  • build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills in the classroom
  • align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

To support adoption of the C3 framework, NCSS produced Teaching the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Exploring Inquiry-Based Instruction in Social Studies, a collection of 15 model lessons from leading social studies curricular organizations. Facing History provided Chapter 9: “Do Our Choices Matter? The Fragility of Democracy.”

This lesson encompasses the whole of the C3 Inquiry Arc, from questioning to action, and zooms in specifically on two distinct moments of instruction within the larger unit of study.

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