Table of Contents

3.2 Incorporating CA CCSS in the Study of Civics

The content for the discipline area of civics and government is woven throughout the CA History-Social Science Standards in grades K–11, and is the primary discipline studied in the Principles of American Democracy Grade 12 course.  Developing the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy through civics content will help students strengthen both content knowledge and their literacy skills simultaneously.

The guide, 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, developed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, is useful in correlating the CA CCSS Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening Standards with the civic and government strands throughout the CA History-Social Science Standards.

Time to Read

Read the following excerpt from the guide that corresponds to CA CCSS Reading Standards 1 and 2 for grades 11–12 and the grade 11 content standards. The correlated standards are listed at the bottom of the example excerpt.

Civic Education Connection to Common Core Standards for Grades 9–12 (pp. 47–51)

The guide is intended to achieve a dual purpose:

  1. Provide ELA teachers with a civic education context for improving literacy skills.
  2. Provide history/social studies teachers with a pedagogical framework for building literacy competencies 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 in order to address both the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and the CA History-Social Science Standards.