Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2 (Common Core History: The Alexandria Plan)
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Comprehensive Common Core curriculum for United States History, Grades K-2
The Alexandria Plan is Common Core's curriculum tool for the teaching of United States and World History. It is a strategic framework for identifying and using high quality informational texts and narrative nonfiction to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) while also sharing essential historical knowledge drawn from the very best state history and civics standards from around the country. The curriculum is presented in this four volume series: Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2; Common Core Curriculum: World History, Grades K-2; Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5; and Common Core Curriculum: World History, Grades 3-5.
Features of each book include:
- Learning Expectations, which articulate the key ideas, events, facts, and figures to be understood by students in a particular grade span.
- Suggested anchor texts for each topic.
- In depth text studies, comprised of text-dependent questions, student responses, and assessments based on a featured anchor text.
- Select additional resources.
- Concise Era Summaries that orient both teachers and students to the historical background.
The curriculum helps teachers pose questions about texts covering a wide range of topics. This volume, Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2, introduces lower elementary students to 18 key eras in our country's history, from the original Native American people to modern times, through stories that they will treasure forever.
notes on Marco Polo’s Le Livre des Merveilles, 15th century (Wikipedia) Useful Websites “What Was Columbus Thinking?” National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment! lesson for grades 3 through 5 that can be adapted. The site contains links to terrific primary resources—for example, Columbus’s letters, a Library of Congress exhibition on Columbus, and more. “The Map That Named America” (Library of Congress) United States History, Era 3 Uniquely American: The Beginnings of a
Friedman, R. Friend on Freedom River (Whelan) Fullman, J. G Ganeri, A. George III (King) George Washington and the General’s Dog (Murphy) George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President (Justine and Fontes)army, problems childhood colonists’ problems Constitution, U.S. formation Continental Congress Declaration of Independence education English and French, fight French fort, Ohio “surprise party” Virginia Army, mission Washington Monument George Washington’s First Victory
history is one in a group of core subjects that have been squeezed out of many classrooms. The Alexandria Plan guides educators through the process of reprioritizing the teaching of history in the classroom and will assist teachers in addressing key CCSS-ELA while also meeting state social studies standards. How Are These Resources Structured? The print editions of the Alexandria Plan, each organized by subject and grade span, present essential content knowledge in United States and world
more complete history in the “Era Summaries.” Learning Expectations Lower elementary: Students should understand that the sudden collapse of the economy caused the new president, Roosevelt, to fundamentally change the role of the government in American life, using federal powers to protect citizens from disaster. They should know that World War II pitted the United States against dangerous enemies that threatened all human freedom, and that the war pulled most Americans together in what
those land claims were yielded to Congress. A 1781 compromise finally allowed ratification, but the land cession agreement soon broke down. It was a sign of struggles to follow. The revolutionary crisis had left people deeply suspicious of powers beyond local control, and the Confederation government was left deliberately weak. Congress could not impose direct taxes and was largely limited to dealing with foreign affairs. Every state had one equal vote, and unanimous agreement was required for