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!
View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for primary students.
View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for upper elementary students.
View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for middle school students.
View our collection of Common Core English language arts reading materials for high school students.
This Collection Was Made Possible By
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.
Read about the shared goals of geography and literacy, and the possibilities for using the powerful connection between them in your educational practice.
Use an interactive map to create GeoTours highlighting and annotating locations in fiction and nonfiction texts.
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.
Find a guide aligning Common Core English Language Arts and National Geography Standards.
National Geographic Learning offers core reading and content literacy programs designed to meet the Common Core State Standards.
National Geographic Learning offers common core readers for students in Grades 3-5. Student books highlight science and social studies content through multiple genres.
National Geographic Explorer magazines inspire students' curiosity and critical thinking through Common Core Standards-based, high-interest articles.
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