Common Core Standards for Social Studies

Reading Standards:


Key Ideas & Details

1.     Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

2.     Determine the central ideas or information of a primary/secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Craft & Structure

1.     Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

2.     Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, and causally.)

3.     Identify aspects of the text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts)


Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

1.     Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.

2.     Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in text.

3.     Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on a given topic.


Writing Standards:


Text Types & Purposes

1.     Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

2.     Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events.


Production & Distribution of Writing

1.     Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

2.     With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

3.     Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.


Research to Build & Present Knowledge

1.     Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

2.     Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

3.     Draw evidence from information texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Range of Writing
1.     Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Speaking & Listening Standards


Comprehension and Collaboration

  1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  2. Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  3. Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Prsent claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  2. Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims, and findings, and emphasize salient points.
  3. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal ENglish when indicated or appropriate.
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