"Part of the motivation behind the interdisciplinary approach to literacy promulgated by the Standards is extensive research establishing the need for college and career ready students to be proficient in reading complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas. Most of the required reading in college and workforce training programs is informational in structure and challenging in content; postsecondary education programs typically provide students with both a higher volume of such reading than is generally required in K–12 schools and comparatively little scaffolding..."

From the introduction of "The Common Core Standards"

Informational Texts for Social Studies and English Language Arts


The New York Times Learning Network

The New York Times has professional educators who create weekly lesson plans incorporating news articles from the paper. This page provides teaching and learning strategies you can use before, during, and after instruction.


Reading Like a Historian

A curriculum that engages students in historical inquiry. The Standford History Education Group produced over 75 Lesson Plans based on primary documents and activities to engage your students in the study of United States History. Asks students to form an opinion, and debate primary source materials: meaningful historical inquiry.


The Library of Congress section on American Memory


An indispensable archive from the Library of Congress section on American Memory. Download historical pamphlets from the African American pamphlet collection, or three centuries of broadsides, including invitations to pioneers to get their land grants. Look at photographs from the Depression, or from the American West. Subheadings lead you to the archives of collections. You can print from the online image.


The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum

One of the greatest and most accessible resources for any study of the Holocaust. Print photographs, letters, diary entries. Access historical summaries. Don’t miss the Education department, which provides resources for teachers.


Time For Kids

Time Magazine's kids friendly articles.


Docs Teach

Over Four Thousand primary documents from the National Archives; tons of resources and ready to use tools to enhance your instruction


Gilder Lehrman Institute

a massive variety of resources to assist teachers and students; provides documents and exercises for classroom use, and encourages excellence in student writing with essay prizes.


Digital History

Plenty of useful materials such as an alternative textbook, teaching ideas, primary documents, learning modules, and media rich lessons.


NROC(National Repository of Online Courses)

The National Repository of Online courses: provides teachers with video clips on every unit, key readings, and so much more.


Teaching History

Designed by the National History Education Clearinghouse. Offers history materials from “Ask a Historian" and other best practices.


EDSITEment

From the National Endowment from the Humanities. This website offers free resources and over 393 history lessons for teachers. These lessons stress primary source documents, critical thinking, and other common core skills. The website is extremely easy to navigate and it has a plethora of valuable and easy to implement lessons.


DBQ and Thematic Essay

Greece Public Schools in Greece, NY has collections of Document Based Questions and Thematic Essays. Many come from New York State exams


Eye Witness to History

This site incorporates primary sources such as first-hand accounts, vintage photographs, and radio broadcasts into the classroom.


Pearson Hall

Online educational materials FREE for educators such as vocabulary building activities, review games, interactive links, and assessments.


Discovery Learning

Discovery Education supports teachers in accelerating student achievement, bringing the world of Discovery into classrooms to ignite students' natural curiosity.


How Stuff Works

Explanations of just about everything.