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National Reading Core Standards in History/Social Studies

National Writing Core Standards in History/Social Studies




In accordance with President Obama's Adminstration effort to create literacy standards throughout the nation, below are the new National Reading and Writing Core Standards for History/Social Studies.



National Reading Core Standards in History/Social Studies

Key Ideas and Details
1.Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
2.Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
3.Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Craft and Structure
4.Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
5.Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
6.Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integration of Knowledge and IdeasCraft and Structure
7.Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
8.Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
9.Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10.By the end of Grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the Grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.




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National Writing Core Standards in History/Social Studies

Text Types and Purposes
1.Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2.Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
3.Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing
4.Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5.Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
6.Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7.Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
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.
9.Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
10.Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.




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