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For students to better understand history, they must know about the place as well as the people and their government, their culture and their economic system.
According to the national Common Core documents, History/Social Studies teachers must also integrate content with Literacy Standards to reinforce these
skills across the curriculum. As students explore and master content, they must improve their ability to locate and interpret information and their ability to share
that information through reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and presenting. Social Studies information comes in a variety of formats, from text to
picture to graph, from newspaper to blog to geographic information. Some of these formats may challenge students, but they need to experience all these
media to build the analytical and evaluative skills of effective citizens.

Inter-related Standards
  1. Knowledge of concepts, themes and information from history and social studies is necessary to promote understanding of our nation and our world.
  2. Competence in literary, inquiry and research skills is necessary to analyze, evaluate and present history and social studies information.
  3. Civic competence in analyzing historical issues and current problems requires synthesis of information, skills and perspective.
Essential Standards for Historical Practice: (Distilled from the Common Core Standards for writing and literacy in Social Sciences.)
  1. Develop 21st Century Skills such as effective communication, collaboration, creativity and appropriate use of technology. 
  2. Analyze secondary and primary sources in such ways such as determining the central idea of a text, citing specific textual evidence, and connecting details to an understanding of the whole text.
  3. Evaluate the differing points of view of authors on the same historical event by assessing the authors’ use of words and phrases within a text as well as assessing claims, reasoning, and evidence.
  4. Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information from a variety of media types, and source types (primary and secondary sources) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  5. Write arguments based on discipline-specific content.
  6. Conduct research, gathering relevant information from multiple credible sources.