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Resources for Using the C3 Framework

Resources from the C3 Literacy Collaborative


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The College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards re-envisions the purpose and instructional practices of social studies education in the states. Through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Council for the Social Studies, in partnership with the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), developed these free professional learning tools, and resources to help school teachers from across the nation use the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.


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The C3 Framework and the National Social Studies Standards

NCSS published the national curriculum standards for social studies in 2010. "The Links between the C3 Framework and the NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies" by Michelle Herczog describes the ways in which the C3 Framework corresponds with the national standards and identifies the distinctive contribution made by the C3 Framework.

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More C3 Resources

Engaging Social Studies Educators: Professional Development on Inquiry

Having a meaningful plan for professional development on inquiry-based learning will translate into richer instruction for students. Social Education May/June 2019

The New York State K-12 Social Studies Toolkit: An Introduction

This special section presents a rich set of curriculum resources based on the C3 Framework, created by teachers for all grade levels Social Education November/December 2015

Bringing the C3 Framework to Life

The New York State Social Studies Toolkit offers a rich array of inquiries with blueprints that outline the key components of each instructional plan while leaving room for teachers to tailor investigations. Social Education November/December 2015

The New York State Toolkit and the Inquiry Design Model: Anatomy of an Inquiry

The Uncle Tom's Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel to explore how words can affect public opinion. Social Education November/December 2015