Middle School World History


Common Core Teaching Strategies For World History

Preparing Learners

Pre-reading & Vocabulary Development

Interacting with Text

Reading & Comprehension

Extending Understanding

Analysis & Writing
Vocabulary Reading Analysis
Visual Vocabulary Primary Text Four Corner Discussion
Thematic Organization Jigsaw Reading Political Cartoon Analysis
Prior Knowledge Close Reading Change Over Time
Photo Journal Comprehension Storyboard
Era Envelope Guided Reading Questions Writing
Gallery Walk Dialectical Journal Letter of Appeal
Quick Write Storyboard Editorial
Viewing With A Focus Web Map Document Based Question (light)
Political Cartoon Analysis Quick Write Document Based Question
Four Corner Discussion
World History

Common Core Standards


Key Ideas and Details

RH.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Basil Heatter - “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Basil Heatter – “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

RH.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Basil Heatter - “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Basil Heatter – “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

RH.6-8.3 Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered). tools-icon

Craft and Structure

RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies. tools-icon
RH.6-8.5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally). tools-icon
RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Basil Heatter - “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Basil Heatter – “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Basil Heatter - “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Basil Heatter – “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text. tools-icon
RH.6-8.9 Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic. tools-icon

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

RH.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Basil Heatter - “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Basil Heatter – “The Long Night of the Little Boats”

Writing Standards

Text Types and Purposes

WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. tools-icon
a. Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. tools-icon
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources. tools-icon
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. tools-icon
d. Establish and maintain a formal style. tools-icon
e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. tools-icon
WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. tools-icon
b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. tools-icon
c. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. tools-icon
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. tools-icon
e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone. tools-icon
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. tools-icon
3. (See note; not applicable as a separate requirement) –Students’ narrative skills continue to grow in these grades. The Standards require that students be able to incorporate narrative elements effectively into arguments and informative/explanatory texts. In history/social studies, students must be able to incorporate narrative accounts into their analyses of individuals or events of historical import. In science and technical subjects, students must be able to write precise enough descriptions of the step‐by‐step procedures they use in their investigations or technical work that others can replicate them and (possibly) reach the same results.

Production and Distribution of Writing

WHST.6-8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
WHST.6-8.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. tools-icon
WHST.6-8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. tools-icon
WHST.6-8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources (primary and secondary), using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. CA tools-icon
WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research. tools-icon