Tag Archives: Social Studies

Pondiscio’s Challenge 2026

Although he doesn’t know it, Robert Pondiscio has been a huge part of Washoe’s efforts to implement the Common Core. As part of the district’s professional development launch on August 8th, Pondiscio, via Youtube content, made the case for why … Continue reading

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Access to Common Core Edmodo Groups

Access to 11 popular Edmodo groups can be gained by using the links and codes in a document linked here. The groups include the social studies units and social studies close reading examples; SAP’s Basal Alignment Project and Anthology Alignment … Continue reading

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More Social Studies Close Reading Examples Added

Our Social Studies Coordinators have added an additional 6th Grade Close Reading Folder to Edmodo. Presently, it includes Close Readings on Hammurabi’s Code, Spartan Families, and the Iliad. Teachers will be adding close readings to this folder throughout the school … Continue reading

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New Link to Social Studies Close Reading Examples

If you were having any trouble accessing the Social Studies Close Reading Examples, use the new link here. There are over 30 well-vetted close reading lessons that promote CCSS literacy outcomes while simultaneously teaching content. You can read more about … Continue reading

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Video Explanation of Reading the CCSS

The California State Board of Education has produced a video to assist educators in reading the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. The five-minute video moves viewers through the basic organization … Continue reading

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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills

At the Center for Teaching Quality, Bill Ferriter describes strategies for teaching nonfiction skills (here).  Each strategy also comes with a handout to assist students with using the skill. The skills include becoming active readers; determining how quotes effect a … Continue reading

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Social Studies Units Link

The 4th through 6th grade social studies units will all be completed by June 3rd and will be available at this link.  The units all include close reads and integrate social studies and Common Core State Standards. You can view … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Accessing the Social Studies Close Readings

If you are having any trouble locating the Social Studies Close Reading Examples, you can use these directions. It is a pictorial guide (here) to accessing the material.

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Over 30 New Social Studies Close Reading Examples Available

Social studies teachers, Implementation Specialists, and personnel within Curriculum & Instruction have spent the last year creating, editing, vetting, and reediting close reading examples that match the expectations of the Common Core. You can access them on Edmodo using this … Continue reading

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Implementing CCSS in the Secondary Grades

Angela Orr, Washoe’s Teaching American History Project Director, shared the following for those interested in bringing the CCSS into the secondary grades. (Important tools are linked at the bottom of the post.) In an effort to scale the work of … Continue reading

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