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1.8 CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy, 21st Century Skills, and Civic Literacy

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) lists critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity as the four Learning and Innovation Skills or the 4Cs. Additionally P21 calls for the mastery of core subjects—which includes economics, geography, history, and government and civics—and integrating 21st century interdisciplinary themes into these core subjects. Civic literacy is one of these five themes. Utilizing the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy with attention to building the 4Cs while addressing the history-social science content standards will enable students to grasp and practice the democratic ideals presented in preparation for effective citizenship in the 21st century.

Time to Extend

Learn more about P21's alignment to the Common Core by reading the P21 Common Core Toolkit.

Time to Read

Another key change in the CA CCSS related to P21 is the increased emphasis on technology and the integration of multi-media both as sources of content and for publishing learning outcomes. Technology is not viewed as an add-on, but as essential to the learning process. The following CCR Anchor Standards address this embedded focus on technology:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.