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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples
Course SummaryEnsure your history and social studies classes meet Common Core standards with this literacy standards course designed for grades 11 and 12. Our short video and text lessons help keep your students' attention, and the multiple-choice quizzes help you make sure your students understand the material.
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11 chapters in Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 11-12: Literacy Standards
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About the Common Core
This course is aligned with Common Core English language arts standards designed to ensure 11th and 12th graders have the reading comprehension skills needed to analyze primary and secondary texts used in the study of history and social studies. The short, instructional videos and self-assessment quizzes included here can help teach your students how to identify a text's main ideas, evaluate written arguments, compare and contrast differing viewpoints, and incorporate supporting details from a text into their own writing.
Consider assigning video lessons and quizzes for homework so that students come to class prepared to discus the day's lesson topic, or complete them together to encourage class discussion. The written transcripts might also prove useful to students who would like a quick and easy way to access key points or vocabulary terms while completing homework assignments.
Using Evidence to Support Analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1
Standard: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Lessons in this chapter introduce students to historical methodology and the differences between primary and secondary sources. Students also learn how to analyze the arguments and supporting details included in these sources.
Central Ideas in Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2
Standard: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Students viewing these lessons learn how a text's transition sentences, sentence structure, and paragraph structure are used to develop the main idea.
Evaluating Explanations in Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3
Standard: Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
These lessons show students how to evaluate an argument's reasoning, identify areas of uncertainty within a historical text, and decide which sources present the most credible explanation of a historical event.
Determining the Meaning of Words: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4
Standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines 'faction' in Federalist No. 10).
Students learn to use context clues and the structure of a text to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases.
Analyzing Text Structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5
Standard: Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
Students find out how individual sentences, body paragraphs, introductions, and conclusions can be used to determine the meaning of a text.
Evaluating View Points: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6
Standard: Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.
In this chapter, students compare and contrast the supporting details, key points, and source materials used by two authors with different points of view.
Using Multiple Sources of Information: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7
Standard: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
This chapter's video illustrations provide students with examples of how qualitative and quantitative data can be presented in the form of graphs, charts, and other types of visual displays. Lessons also show students how to integrate these sources into their own work.
Evaluating Sources: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.8
Standard: Evaluate an author's premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.
These lessons teach students how to create a reverse outline and locate sources useful for disputing or contesting an existing idea. Students also learn to draw main ideas from letters, articles, and other types of historical documents.
Integrating Information from Different Sources: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.9
Standard: Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Students get tips for developing an argument that draws from a variety of sources. Lessons cover the structure of an argument, forms of audience appeal, strategies for recognizing contradictory historical interpretations, and methods for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different source types.
Reading Comprehension: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.10
Standard: By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Students explore close and big picture reading strategies along with methods for inferring intended meaning. The uses of context clues, word structure, and prior knowledge to construct meaning are covered as well.
Informational Texts Examples for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12
These lessons can be used to teach each of the learning standards outlined above, rather than any one in particular. You'll find instructional videos useful for introducing your students to historical texts including Thoreau's Walden, Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense,' and H.L. Menken's The American Language.
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