1. S.P.E.E.C.H. is a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) method that takes themes and assesses their impact on history and the historical narrative. It works seamlessly with the advanced stages of the writing process and allows students to consider the impact of their research and its part in the greater historical canon. Allows students to critically analyze primary sources and concepts and link them to their impact on history. S.P.E.E.C.H. = Social, Political, Economic, Environmental, Cultural and Historical.

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  2. An instructional technique designed based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to help students build a functional personal framework to acquire historical knowledge. The end result is development of historical understanding as opposed to factual compilation. This technique is based on essential questioning, content chucking and building conceptual understanding.

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  3. Questioning the Text is a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching strategy that improves comprehension by fostering interaction with the text, creating a motivation to read, clarifying information in the text and supporting inferring beyond the literal meaning. Effective readers of informational text ask questions before, during and after they read, thereby assuming responsibility for their learning.

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  4. Effective readers of informational text discern which information to focus on and which information to retain. Note-taking is a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Teaching Strategy that provides a structure for recording and re-organizing information for retention and recall.

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  5. True to Their Word is a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) classroom method that utilizes the inaugural addresses and State of the Union addresses to give students a framework for some of the larger events in American history. Students will examine the speeches and link them to key events; then they will research the extenuating circumstances that either validate or complicate the relationships between the words in the speech and the reality.

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