Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom and the Common Core State Standards
Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom are a terrific resource for teachers and schools implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
What is CCSS?
The Common Core is a federally funded, state-led initiative to improve K-12 education in school districts across the United States. It provides a framework for preparing students for college and careers. As of November 2015, 42 states (including Illinois), the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted these standards. The Common Core standards establish consistent goals for education across the disciplines of mathematics and English language arts/literacy, including standards for literacy in history/social studies.
These goals include emphasizing close reading, providing students with texts of greater complexity and range, and teaching students to identify and analyze evidence within the text. Chicago Public Schools outlines the following instructional shifts in literacy across subjects to meet Common Core standards:
Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary
Building knowledge through content-rich informational text
Reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text
How do Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom support CCSS?
Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom provide teachers with two kinds of resources:
Primary sources: brief texts and visual materials representing a range of genres, cultures, and time periods that have been carefully selected for their complexity and relevance
Secondary sources: short essays that present the thematic framework of each collection and develop the historical and literary context for each document; questions to guide class discussion and student writing on the texts; and bibliographic information and suggested sources to facilitate further research.
These resources are designed to help students develop the following skills, emphasized in the Common Core standards:
close reading of complex texts
identifying evidence within texts
comparing texts and exploring relationships between texts
in-depth study of specific topics in history, literature, and the social sciences
examining sources across genres, cultures, and centuries, including nonfiction texts and visual sources such as maps, photographs, and illustrations as well as drama, poetry, and fiction
developing disciplinary literacy and knowledge of academic vocabulary
cultivating higher-order skills such as critical thinking that are essential to college and career readiness