Supporting K-12 Educators with Common Core Resources
Literacy Preparation in the 21st Century
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts include a new emphasis on teaching literacy skills in and through history/social studies, science, and technical content areas with a goal of making students stronger critical thinkers who are better prepared for college and career success.
About National Geographic and the Common Core
The National Geographic Society offers K-12 educators resources that align to and support the Common Core State Standards.
National Geographic has a long history of providing high-quality informational texts suitable for primary, upper elementary, middle, and high school English language arts, social studies, and science classrooms. National Geographic’s Common Core collection brings together both free resources and resources for sale from National Geographic Education, National Geographic Kids, National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Kids Books, National Geographic Explorer, and National Geographic Learning.
National Geographic’s high-quality materials support the pedagogical shifts outlined by the Common Core State Standards, including:
balancing informational and literary text—students read a true balance of informational and literary texts
knowledge in the disciplines—building knowledge about the world through text rather than the teacher or activities
staircase of complexity—students do close readings of the central, grade-appropriate text around which instruction is centered
text-based answers—students engage in rich and rigorous evidence-based conversations about text
writing from sources—writing emphasizes use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument
academic vocabulary—students constantly build the transferable vocabulary they need to access grade-level complex texts
From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Common Core Shifts. Internet. Available from http://engageny.org/resource/common-core-shifts; accessed 2/6/13.
National Geographic Common Core Collections
The collections below offer links to informational, grade-appropriate texts for students, as well as supporting information for educators. Resources are grouped by grade range and meet the characteristics of high-quality reading materials outlined by the Common Core State Standards. Check back often as we continue to add new resources!
The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards reflects the shared responsibility for literacy learning put forward by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Click here to read about and download the C3 Framework.
On October 24, 2013, National Geographic hosted a panel discussion: Fun with Nonfiction and the Common Core: a lively discussion with a teacher, a librarian, an author, and a common core expert! Click here to watch the archived video about using nonfiction in support of common core standards.
This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine—every page of every issue—along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.