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:

  1. Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary

  2. Building knowledge through content-rich informational text

  3. 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:

  1. 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

  2. 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:

Where can I find more information about CCSS?

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Chicago Public Schools: Raising the Bar: The Common Core State Standards

Illinois State Board of Education: The New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core

Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards. The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal. Library of Congress