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1.9 Instructional Practices Incorporating the CA CCSS and Civic Learning

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To guide California educators in meeting the goal of preparing students for college, career, and citizenship, the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools has published an innovative resource, Preparing Students for College, Career and CITIZENSHIP: A California Guide to Align Civic Education and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Read the following examples from the guide:


Civic Education Connection for Grades K–2 on pages 9–12

Civic Education Connection for Grades 3–5 on pages 19–21

The guide is intended to achieve a dual purpose: to provide ELA teachers with a civic education context for improving literacy skills and to provide history/social studies teachers with a framework for building literacy competencies through the content area that are needed for civic life. Each series of lessons calls for students to actively participate in activities that strengthen reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills in the context of civic dialogue, debate, persuasion, and action.

Whether students’ lives lead them directly to college or the workforce, they must, as future citizens of our nation, learn to become effective, responsible, and engaged citizens in the 21st century. It is an important civic mission as educators, families, and policymakers to adopt this goal as a moral and civic imperative for the young people we serve and the future of our democracy.