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Common Core Standards

English Language Arts Standards » History/Social Studies
Grades 9-10 & Grades 11-12

Since their widespread implementation beginning in 2012, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have established a consistent set of guidelines for what students are expected to learn, and how teachers can best prepare them for college and a career. Led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), the Standards have been adopted in 45 states as well as the District of Columbia. As part of an ongoing series of teacher resources, this guide is designed to show some of the specific resources available on the Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC) that can enhance English and other Language Arts lesson plans. The central goal of the CCSS in this area is for students to not only "read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively," but to also acquire literacy in history, social studies, science, and technical subjects. Thus, students must be able to explore, evaluate, and synthesize primary and secondary sources.

To that end, the editors of AASC have selected here some of the secondary school Standards for which AASC can provide multiple resources. Each of the Standards used here requires students to compare, contrast, and assess several points of view on a given topic. For a more general discussion on creating lesson plans, see the previous Teacher Resource written by Sarah Thomson.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.9 Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

Sample topic: The Underground Railroad

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.6 Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.

Sample topic: The March on Washington and the "I Have a Dream" Speech

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Sample topic: The Los Angeles Riots (1992)

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.9 Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

Sample Topic: Women's Rights and African American History

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English Language Arts Standards »
Reading: Informational Text
Grades 9-10 & 11-12

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.9 Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"), including how they address related themes and concepts

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.8 Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.9 Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features