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Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Fourscore supports this important mission by providing a wide array of curated document Collections that include American Heritage Magazine articles and historical documents, both primary and secondary in nature. These Collections address one of the most significant “instructional shifts” in the standards: the demand that schools teach more “informational text” across all subject areas.

Because most of what students will read in college and in the workplace is not fiction, but texts that are “informational in structure,” the standards recommend that that by 12th grade, students should be reading nonfiction 70 percent of the time. It is important to note that this does not mean that 70 percent of reading in English classes be non-fiction, but that 70 percent of reading that a student does across all subjects is non-fiction.

The Common Core State Standards defines "informational text" as a broad category of nonfiction resources, including: biographies; autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, and the arts; technical texts (including how-to books and procedural books); and literary nonfiction.

With these new requirements come concerns on the part of teachers. Many English teachers are concerned about finding "information text" to support their fiction sources while many Social Studies teachers are concerned about teaching the reading and writing elements of Common Core. Fourscore aims to provide both the text required by the Common Core State Standards and instructional tasks that can help teacher meet the standards. Each Collection includes several tasks aligned to the standards and designed to be integrated in to existing curriculum.

More information on the Common Core State Standards can be found at http://www.corestandards.org/.