Common Core Resources

This section contains selected collections 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.

Teaching Strategies

Download these easy-to-use guidelines for implementing close reading, close viewing, and argumentative writing activities to align any content to Common Core Standards.

Writing Prompts

Based on three of our core works, these effective Common Core writing prompts let you easily use compelling historical moments to teach argumentative writing.

Teaching Units

These Facing History units are rich with primary source documents and classroom-ready strategies that are aligned to Common Core Standards.

Primary Source Collections

Use these collections to find primary and secondary sources needed for your lesson plans to come alive and align to Common Core Standards.

Featured Common Core-Aligned Resource

In the wake of the Civil War, Americans were faced with the challenge of rebuilding a society that had been divided by slavery and the political upheaval of war. The study of this period in American history is essential to the understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today.

Discover our new web resource The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

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Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.