Geography & the Common Core
Mapping out our Place in the New Curriculum

http://rigea.org
http://www.corestandards.org/
Geography of the Common Core

http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?q=common+core
Geography for Life: Six Essential Elements
1. The world in spatial terms
•

Geographers study the relationships between pe...
Knowledge Statements

Grade Bands
Theme

Performance Statements
Grade by Grade

Strand

Anchor Standards

Grade Specific Standards
Aligning GLF and the Common Core

Performance Statements

Grade Specific Standards
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/common-core-ela-geography-connections/?ar_a=1
Definition of geo-literacy
• “It must be stated that the CCSS-ELA standards were not designed to
supplant the disciplinary...
Geography and English?

http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?tag=English
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/ngs-common-core/?ar_a=1
An Example
ELA Content Standards
Reading
Grade One
1. Ask and answer questions
about key details in a text.

Geography Per...
What physical forces and processes
account for the presence of these
islands in the Ocean?
In a geological time scale, wha...
http://www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore/
http://www.thinkfinity.org/groups/common-core/blog/2013/09/03/the-geography-and-literacy-connection
READING STANDARD #6
• Assess how point of view or purpose shapes
the content and style of a text.
READING STANDARD #9

• Analyze how two or more texts address similar
themes or topics in order to build knowledge or
to co...
READING STANDARD #8
• Delineate and evaluate the argument and
specific claims in a text, including the validity
of the rea...
READING STANDARD #1
• Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to
make logical inferences from it; cite...
READING STANDARD #1
• Read closely to determine what the text says
explicitly and to make logical inferences from
it; cite...
READING STANDARD #2
• Determine central ideas or themes of a text
and analyze their development; summarize
the key support...
READING STANDARD #3
• Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas
develop and interact over the course of a text.

...
READING STANDARD #5
• Analyze the structure of texts, including how
specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger
portions of...
READING STANDARD #7
• Integrate and evaluate content presented in
diverse media and formats, including visually
and quanti...
READING STANDARD #10
• Read and comprehend complex literary and
informational texts independently and
proficiently.
How can competent teachers help
students understand a complex
interconnected world?
Provide geographic information
Teach g...
Some Examples – Grade 2
Geography and the Common Core
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Resources for link geography with the ELA common core standards. Presentation given by Seth Dixon at Bridgewater State University Nov. 2, 2013.

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Geography and the Common Core

  1. 1. Geography & the Common Core Mapping out our Place in the New Curriculum http://rigea.org
  2. 2. http://www.corestandards.org/
  3. 3. Geography of the Common Core http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?q=common+core
  4. 4. Geography for Life: Six Essential Elements 1. The world in spatial terms • Geographers study the relationships between people, places, and environments by mapping information about them into a spatial context. 2. Places and regions • Identities and lives of individuals and peoples are rooted in particular places and in those human constructs called regions 3. Physical systems • Physical processes shape the Earth’s surface and how they interact with plant and animal life to create, sustain, and modify ecosystems. 4. Human systems • People are central to geography in that human activities help shape the Earth’s surface, human settlements and structures. 5. Environment and society • The physical environment is modified by human activities, as a consequence of the ways in which human societies value and use Earth’s natural resources. 6. The uses of geography • Geography enables people to develop an understanding of the relationships between people, places, and environments over time.
  5. 5. Knowledge Statements Grade Bands Theme Performance Statements
  6. 6. Grade by Grade Strand Anchor Standards Grade Specific Standards
  7. 7. Aligning GLF and the Common Core Performance Statements Grade Specific Standards
  8. 8. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/common-core-ela-geography-connections/?ar_a=1
  9. 9. Definition of geo-literacy • “It must be stated that the CCSS-ELA standards were not designed to supplant the disciplinary standards in social studies or science but rather to emphasize the need for INTEGRATION.” • Geo-literacy – the set of geographic concepts and skills that are required to recognize when decisions may have far-reaching consequences and the ability to reason through them systematically. • Three components of geo-literacy • 1. interaction – between human and natural systems • 2. interconnections – focuses on geographic reasoning • 3. implications – understanding impacts of decisions, and being able to make well-reasoned decisions.
  10. 10. Geography and English? http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?tag=English
  11. 11. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/ngs-common-core/?ar_a=1
  12. 12. An Example ELA Content Standards Reading Grade One 1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. Geography Performance Statements GEOGRAPHY STANDARD 18: HOW TO APPLY GEOGRAPHY TO INTERPRET THE PRESENT AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE Theme: Changes in Geographic Contexts 4th Grade Band 2.A. Describe current changes in places, regions, and environments and predict how these locations may be different in the future
  13. 13. What physical forces and processes account for the presence of these islands in the Ocean? In a geological time scale, what does the future hold for these islands. What would be the main economic assets of the Maldives? What would be the main economic and environmental concerns of this country?
  14. 14. http://www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore/
  15. 15. http://www.thinkfinity.org/groups/common-core/blog/2013/09/03/the-geography-and-literacy-connection
  16. 16. READING STANDARD #6 • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  17. 17. READING STANDARD #9 • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/thanksgiving/
  18. 18. READING STANDARD #8 • Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  19. 19. READING STANDARD #1 • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/diabetes/
  20. 20. READING STANDARD #1 • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  21. 21. READING STANDARD #2 • Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. http://storymaps.esri.com/UnemploymentPopulation/
  22. 22. READING STANDARD #3 • Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/top-ten-hurricanes/
  23. 23. READING STANDARD #5 • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g.--a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole. http://www.audubon.org/plover
  24. 24. READING STANDARD #7 • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  25. 25. READING STANDARD #10 • Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
  26. 26. How can competent teachers help students understand a complex interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technology Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy
  27. 27. Some Examples – Grade 2

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