TeachingAmericanHistory.org’s Documents Library now offers a state standards and Common Core-based search tool to help you find documents required to meet your curriculum requirements. Searches can be performed either from document to standard, or from standard to document. Additionally, a growing list of documents are accompanied by summaries, guiding questions, and related documents.
To search for documents that meet your state or Common Core ELA for History standards, go to our Documents Library and select an era or topic. Once that page loads you’ll see a search box on the right side of the screen. From this box you can use the drop-down menus to select the subject, state, and grade level(s) for which you need documents. Under Subjects you can choose either Language Arts or Social Studies. The former is the Common Core ELA standards for History and Social Studies courses. The latter is the generic term for all individual states’ Social Studies and History standards. If you teach in a state that has adopted the Common Core, you can select your own state. If not, you can select “NGA Center/CCSSO” under the second drop-down menu to see the Common Core standards and related documents.
Once you make your three selections and click the Search button, you’ll be given a list of standards and documents that we believe are appropriate and useful for teaching them. You can click on the links to see the lists of documents, and then the documents themselves.
To search for standards from a specific document, simply navigate to that document – the Declaration of Independence, for example – and click the ‘Academic Standards’ tab immediately above the text of the document, and enter the subject, your state, and grade level. You’ll get a set of results relevant to your choices.
Note that in some cases you will not get any search results, whether you go from standard to document or document to standard. The most likely reason is that your state does not have a standard at that specific grade level, if you chose one, that meets a given document. The easiest way to resolve this is to select a different grade level, or ‘All Grade Levels.