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Tip of the Week: Closer Readings blog, social studies, and the Common Core

Ever since I ran across the EDSITEment web site, I’ve been in love. What’s not to love?

They’ve got awesome lesson plans. Sweet web sites searchable by content area. Great resources for students. Plus I’m digging the very cool web site design and color scheme.

So when I found out recently that they’ve added a blog on the ThinkFinity Community site, well . . . they had me at hello.

Called Closer Readings, the blog highlights features, teaching suggestions, and instructional resources on timely topics. The idea is to focus on the Common Core requirement of “close readings” of content. And because EDSITEment focuses on humanities resources and tools that we should already be incorporating into our instruction, this is a perfect place for social studies teachers to spend some time.

Recent posts include topics such as the Broadway premiere of A Raisin in the Sun and great speeches in US women’s history to help you integrate fiction and non-fiction into your curriculum.

I like how the EDSITEment folks have embedded the blog into the ThinkFinity community. ThinkFinity is another one of my web sites favs and the Community area is perfect for building connections with other educators. But this also means that you will need to create a free ThinkFinity Community account to follow Closer Readings and leave comments. But your account also provides the opportunity to interact with other groups and blogs as well save ThinkFinity searches and chat with other teachers.

EDSITEment is the type of web site that every social studies teacher should have bookmarked. And their new  blog provides up to date ideas and resources directly tied to Common Core themes.

This just seems like a no-brainer. Have fun!

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