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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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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

Creating an Engaged Classroom: An Interview with April Francis

A teacher who reviewed and piloted the New York State Toolkit inquiries describes her experience teaching the Uncle Tom's Cabin inquiry. Social Education November/December 2015

By Teachers, For Teachers: The NYS Toolkit and C3 Teachers

A collection of turnkey professional learning materials and a collaborative network of hundreds of teachers aims to empower teachers as they wrestle with the big ideas and instructional implications of the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Arc. Social Education November/December 2015

The Links between the C3 Framework and the NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Like the NCSS national standards, which outline content and concepts for teachers and curriculum developers, the C3 Framework delineates pedagogical approaches and guides states in upgrading their social studies standards. Social Education November/December 2013 Read More