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History / Social Studies Lessons

Common Core-aligned materials and lessons for teachers of history and social studies.


Close Reading Lessons

Common Core-aligned lesson sets for 2-6 days of instruction.

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (with mini-assessment)

Grade 6 nonfiction. 

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan

Grade 7 nonfiction (Relevant for Grades 6-8); written by current classroom teacher Kerry Powers.

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Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen (with mini-assessment)

Grade 8 fiction (Relevant for Grades 7-9).

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston

Grade 8 nonfiction (Relevant for Grades 7-9); annotated by current classroom teacher David Riesenfeld.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Grade 8 nonfiction (Relevant for Grades 7-9); prepared and annotated by current classroom teacher Lyn Cannaday.

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Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk

Grade 8 nonfiction (Relevant for Grades 7-9).

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The Long Night of the Little Boats by Basil Heatter

Grade 8 nonfiction (Relevant for Grades 7-9).

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The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

Grade 9 nonfiction (Relevant for Grades 9-10); annotated by Student Achievement Partners.

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I Am an American Day by Learned Hand

Grades 11-12 nonfiction.

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The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie

Grades 11-12 nonfiction; annotated by David Liben and current classroom teacher Christina Suarez.

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Assessment Questions

Common Core-aligned assessment questions

Mini-assessment for "Long Night of Little Boats” by Basil Heatter

Grade 8 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for The Manhattan Project Text Set

Grade 9 nonfiction/informational

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Units

Common Core-aligned units for 3-5 weeks of instruction.

Voices from Little Rock: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement Through Primary Sources

Grades 6-8 social studies module (one unit). By Expeditionary Learning & SAP.

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From Revolution to Democracy: The Complex Fight for Freedom

Grades 9-10 social studies module (two units). By Expeditionary Learning & SAP.

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Passages with Questions

Nonfiction texts for students with text-dependent questions.

Teaching American History with Primary Sources

Primary sources, secondary sources, and lesson materials from the National Humanities Center (NHC) to teach American History through high-quality texts.

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Social Studies Passages and Questions from ReadWorks

Collection of social studies texts and text-dependent questions. Organized by grade (K-8) and lexile.

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