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    Overview 
     
     College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: State Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History. The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
     

    What are the guiding principles?

    The C3 is driven by the following shared principles about high quality social studies education:

    • Social studies prepares the nation’s young people for college, careers, and civic life.
    • Inquiry is at the heart of social studies.
    • Social studies involves interdisciplinary applications and welcomes integration of the arts and humanities.
    • Social studies is composed of deep and enduring understandings, concepts, and skills from the disciplines. Social studies emphasizes skills and practices as preparation for democratic decision-making.

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    What are the instructional shifts for social studies?

    The C3 Framework, like the Common Core State Standards, emphasizes the acquisition and application of knowledge to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. It intentionally envisions social studies instruction as an inquiry arc of interlocking and mutually reinforcing elements that speak to the intersection of ideas and learners. The Four Dimensions highlighted below center on the use of questions to spark curiosity, guide instruction, deepen investigations, acquire rigorous content, and apply knowledge and ideas in real world settings to become active and engaged citizens in the 21st century.

    C3 Framework Organization

    Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning InquiriesDimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Tools and ConceptsDimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using EvidenceDimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action
    Developing Questions and Planning InquiriesCivicsGathering and Evaluating SourcesCommunicating and Critiquing Conclusions
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    Geography Developing Claims and Using EvidenceTaking Informed Action
    History

     

    Connections to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies

    The C3 Framework changes the conversation about literacy instruction in social studies by creating a context that is meaningful and purposeful. Reading, writing, speaking and listening and language skills are critically important for building disciplinary literacy and the skills needed for college, career, and civic life. Each of the Four Dimensions are strategically aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.