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Overview: What Is Fourscore?

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Fourscore is an online resource for Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers created and designed by the American Heritage Society. The site provides educators with thousands of quality informational texts (both primary and secondary documents) and instructional resources, enabling teachers to select the best content and tasks for their students.

Funded by a generous grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and created by educators, Fourscore strives to support teachers with instructional resources are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and C3 Framework as they prepare students for the 21st century.

Finding trusted sources for student use can be challenging. Fourscore is a real time saver for teachers, allowing teachers to quickly find and save teaching content based on era and/or theme. By using Fourscore, teachers can tap into the rich archive of American Heritage magazine, including 6,953 essays by the preeminent historians of the last half century, as well as a unique database of historical documentsand artifacts from sites and institutions across the country.

Fourscore educators have created ready-to-use collections of materials to help ease the burden of developing teaching plans. Collections include an article, related documents, questions to guide instruction and Common Core aligned tasks, models, and reproducible organizers. Over 7,000 essays display text complexity measurements to help teachers find materials appropriate for their classes.

Our education staff has also compiled informational texts that can be used as ELA resources. "Finding and integrating high quality non-fiction is a challenge for ELA teachers," notes Lyn Cannaday, a Teaching Fellow with Student Achievement Partners who is nationally board certified in ELA. "This project is a godsend for busy teachers who want to move toward more meaningful texts... making materials available to schools that might not have the resources to implement the Common Core on their own.

The primary historical content on Fourscore comes from a wide range of museums, libraries, historical societies, national parks and archives. These institutions have provided access to thousands of historic artifacts, photographs, paintings and documents to give educators and students the opportunity to explore the rich history of the United States.

Fourscore is truly a "one-stop shopping" site for trusted and high quality instructional material.