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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 classroom teacher Kerry Powers.

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

Grade 8 fiction.

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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); written by 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); written by 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); written by classroom teacher Joey Hawkins.

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"The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln

Grade 9 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 9-10).

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"I Am an American Day" by Learned Hand

Grades 11-12 nonfiction informational lesson (relevant for grades 11-12).

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"The Gospel of Wealth" by Andrew Carnegie

Grades 11-12 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 11-12); written 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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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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