You are here: Home / EL Support

Integrating HSS, ELD, and CCSS

The Common Core State Standards & the English Language Development Standards acknowledge that history and the related social sciences cannot and should not be taught as a stagnant body of knowledge to be memorized.  When the three documents that guide history-social science instruction combine – the state History-Social Science Content Standards, Common Core, and ELD, – they argue for the integration of content, disciplinary understanding, and discipline-specific literacy development.  

Road to the American Revolution (Grade 5)Western Expansion (Grade 8) Tyranny and the Rule of Law (Grade 10)

The lessons in this collection provide a possible model of how to integrate the Common Core Literacy in History-Social Studies Standards alongside the grade-level content standards and the ELD Standards.  As such, each lesson contains a background introduction for educators; a question of historical significance that guides students’ investigation into the material; standards alignment for the state’s content, Common Core, and ELD guidelines; a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; procedures to guide educators’ instruction; student handouts including all secondary and primary sources, literacy activities to provide all students access to the documents, primary source analysis supports, opportunities for discussion, and writing activities in which students make claims of historical significance.

*Image:  Pupils Writing at Desks,  1944.  Photographer:  James Wong Howe.  Source:  Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley - Calisphere,

Recent Blog Posts
Oct 16, 2017
Advisory Board Meeting Scheduled for 10/20
The CHSSP Advisory Board will meet via conference call on Friday, October 20 from 9:30 - 11 am.  The Board Agenda for this meeting includes: 1.  Public Comment 2.  CHSSP Update 3.  ...
Read more
Oct 02, 2017
Teaching after Terror - Las Vegas
by Nancy McTygue, Executive Director I can’t believe I’m writing another one of these posts in response to a horrific terrorist attack.  In 2015, I wrote two – one in response to the massacre ...
Teaching after Terror - Las Vegas
Read more
Sep 26, 2017
Teaching about California's Water Supply
by Shelley Brooks The recent Current Context issue on the Challenge of California’s Water Supply provides students with the opportunity to think about the importance of California’s water ...
Read more
Sep 18, 2017
Watching Whales and Thinking about Environmental Literacy in HSS
by Shelley Brooks We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our environmental literacy retreat. Thanks to Ten Strands and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, regional site directors from ...
Read more