Getting at the Core of the Common Core with Social Studies

Edited by:
Thomas N. Turner, University of Tennessee
Jeremiah Clabough, University of Alabama at Birmingham
William Cole, Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee

A volume in the series: Teaching and Learning Social Studies. Editor(s): William B. Russell, University of Central Florida.

Published 2014

For social studies teachers reeling from the buffeting of top-down educational reforms, this volume offers answers to questions about dealing with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Each chapter presents and reviews pertinent standards that relate to the social studies. Each chapter also deals with significant topics in the social studies from various social sciences to processes such as inquiry to key skills needed for success in social studies such as analysis and literacy.

The most important aspect of these chapters though is the array of adaptable activities that is included in each chapter. Teachers can find practical approaches to dealing with CCSS across the social studies panorama. The multiple authorships of the various chapters mean a variety of perspectives and viewpoints are presented. All of the authors have fought in the trenches of K-12 public education. Their activities reflect this in a way that will be useful to novice or veteran teachers.

Introduction, Jeremiah Clabough, Thomas N. Turner, and William Cole. How Did We Get Here? Common Core and the History of Standards in Social Studies Education, Joshua L. Kenna and William Benedict Russell III. What is Inquiry?: Giving the Hippopotamus Wings, Thomas N. Turner and Jeremiah Clabough. Getting to the “Core” of the Problem: Decision-Making Activities and Common Core State Standards, William G. Cole. Historical Thinking: Cultivating a Rich Garden of Autonomous Thinkers, Jennifer Summerlin. Building Global Citizens Through the Common Core, Dorothy E. Blanks. The Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students With Learning Disabilities, Tara Bezait and Timothy Lintner. Exploring Social Studies Through Digital Literacy, Debra Coffey. Linking Literacy and Social Studies Through Picture Books in K–12 Settings, Amy D. Broemmel, Seth Rayman, and Shannon A. Hancock. Historical Fiction: Reality Meets Imagination, Sarah Philpott. Disciplinary Literacy: Teaching Students to Read as Historians Chapter, Todd Cherner, Adam Kelley, and Mikel Norris. Drama in the Social Studies and Common Core: First the Apple, Then the Core, Thomas N. Turner. Climbing the Common Core Beanstalk With Primary Sources, Jeremiah Clabough. Seeing is Believing: Visual Primary Sources Make Wide-Eyed Learners, Alicia Laffoon and Penny Boyd. “My Life Was Hard and I Had No Money in My Pocket”: Doing Historical Research With Oral History, Gail Hickey. Get Cooking With Multimedia Social Studies and the Common Core, Lance McConkey. Connecting the Economic Way of Thinking to the Common Core, Ashley S. Harrison, J. R. Clark, and Mark C. Schug. Teaching Geography Education Within a Common Core Framework, Kenneth T. Carano. Citizenship Education: The Common Core Meets the Common Good, Jeremiah Clabough and Thomas N. Turner. About the Authors.