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satellite dishes in the desert
Date: Aug 29 2012
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Formed in 2009, the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) recently released a thorough, well-researched process for developing middle and high school units that fully address Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards at a very specific level.

Only one of 13 sample modules (on the Cold War) stands out for its exemplary discussion of primary sources. It is well worth a look. (Even t…

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Date: Aug 22 2012
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The Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2012, TPS Journal issue on the Common Core and primary sources features a lead article, "Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards," by Emerging America Director, Rich Cairn. More.
FDR and Hoover with top-hats riding to inauguration in 1933
Date: Aug 22 2012
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Last summer, a distressed teacher friend shared an all too common story. Throughout the school year, she had sparked students’ skills and passions with a cross-curricular exploration of slavery. It was heady, demanding, and bang-on target for both state content standards and her 4th graders’ interests in fairness, difference, and understanding where we come from. At year’s end, her principal co…