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1.10 Unit 1 Summary

In this unit, you explored the relationship between history/social studies and the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.  Review the summary of key concepts from the unit below:

  • The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy emphasize the need for literacy to be a shared responsibility across all disciplines, including history/social studies.
  • The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy promotes the same skills students need to be successful in the history/social studies: read primary and secondary sources analytically, draw conclusions, and articulate their findings in well-crafted argumentative or explanatory essays supported by evidence and solid reasoning.
  • The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy incorporate 21st Century learning skills such as the 4Cs of Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation.
  • The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy contain two sections specifically for developing literacy in history/social studies: Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6–12 and Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6–12.
  • The Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies correspond with many of the standards from the Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills from the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.
  • Focusing on the Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy can aid in implementing the literacy standards in history/social studies.
  • Students need to be able to differentiate and analyze primary and secondary sources to meet the Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6–12.
  • Using historical primary sources is an excellent way to meet the CA CCSS’ call for text complexity, but teachers must carefully consider how to help students access the texts to develop effective document-based instruction and improve students’ literacy. 
  • Historical thinking strategies such as Reading Like a Historian can help students meet some of the Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6–12.
  • Content area teachers need to recognize the language challenges and opportunities inherent in the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.