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National Geographic and the Common Core

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 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!

Grades K-2 Common Core ELA Resources

Grades K-2 Common Core ELA Resources

View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for primary students.

Grades 3-5 Common Core ELA Resources

Grades 3-5 Common Core ELA Resources

View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for upper elementary students.

Grades 6-8 Common Core ELA Resources

Grades 6-8 Common Core ELA Resources

View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for middle school students.

Grades 9-12 Common Core ELA Resources

Grades 9-12 Common Core ELA Resources

View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for high school students.

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C3 Framework

C3 Framework

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.


Archived Resources

Watch the Oct. 24th Panel Discussion

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.


Featured Content

The Geography and Literacy Connection

The Geography and Literacy Connection

Read about the shared goals of geography and literacy, and the possibilities for using the powerful connection between them in your educational practice.

Create and Share English Language Arts GeoTours

Create and Share English Language Arts GeoTours

Use an interactive map to create GeoTours highlighting and annotating locations in fiction and nonfiction texts.

Stakeholder Consequences Decision Making (SCDM)

Stakeholder Consequences Decision Making (SCDM)

The SCDM framework provides educators with an explicit process for teaching decision-making. Find out how the framework aligns to the Common Core State Standards for English language arts.

Connections Guide

Connections Guide

Find a guide aligning Common Core English Language Arts and National Geography Standards.


Classroom Materials

Core Programs

Core Programs

National Geographic Learning offers core reading and content literacy programs designed to meet the Common Core State Standards.

Supplemental Programs

Supplemental Programs

National Geographic Learning offers common core readers for students in Grades 3-5. Student books highlight science and social studies content through multiple genres.

Classroom Magazines

Classroom Magazines

National Geographic Explorer magazines inspire students' curiosity and critical thinking through Common Core Standards-based, high-interest articles.


More from National Geographic

Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction Books

From National Geographic Kids—the name you trust to bring you the world—nonfiction so smart, fun, and engaging, kids won't even realize they're learning.

National Geographic Virtual Library

National Geographic Virtual Library

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.