Alexandria Plan Common Core Curriculum World History

Fashioned to align to common core standards for ELA (English/Language Arts), the Alexandria Plan offers a framework or map to help you teach U. S. and World History. Named for the Library of Alexandria that was known for passing along information and knowledge to the world, this plan will help you pass along knowledge to future generations.   

Within each book are 18 eras; within each era you will find a plethora of information. Within each era you will be given an overview, learning expectations for lower and upper elementary, suggested anchor texts along with the featured text upon which text study questions are based, a list of text study questions with answers, performance assessment and extension activity, connections to common core ELA standards, and a list of resources - primary, poetry, music, art, architecture, and websites. The information for each era comes from the suggested anchor texts and anything that the teacher/parent might convey to them from the era summaries found in each book. The era summaries help the teacher/parent to prepare their lessons; they might be too lengthy and in-depth for many younger children. Older children might like reading the summaries.

The study of US History begins with the original inhabitants of North America (circa 20,000BCE to 1600CE) and takes you through Modern Times: Presidential Scandals, Conservatism, and Unrest (1968- to present). The US History books are 228 pages each. The study of World History begins with First Fire to First Community: Humanity Evolves (circa 200,000BCE to3000CE) and wraps up with The Cold War Thaws: Uneasy Cooperation Between Nations (1960s to present). World History has 249 pages in K-2 and 276 pages in 3-5.

Lesson plans for daily or weekly instruction are not provided, but the content offered in these books is intended to help you write your own. Books like these are helpful for those who like flexibility to lay things out the way they want them and customize for their students, or could be used for topical history studies by era. p/b. ~ Donna

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