C3 Framework Links

Literacy Lesson Plans 

  • Reading Like a Historian (Stanford History Education Group) This is a great website for inquiry and literacy lessons for the Social Studies classroom.  This is some of the best material out there that is ready-to-use in for content-relevant literacy instruction. If you’re not sure how to begin designing your own lesson plans, you should definitely check out the awesome materials on this website.
  • The Library of Congress has a lot of exciting lesson plans in the Teaching With Primary Sources portion of their website.  Any primary source related to American history (print as well as graphic) can likely be found at this site!
  • Readworks.org is an amazing website to find literacy lessons, but I especially like the reading passage database because you can search for passages by reading level and topic!  I’m going to be using this quite a bit!
  • Docsteach.org – tons of primary source activities and teaching resources from the National Archives!

C3 Framework for Social Studies 

  • Download a copy of the C3 Framework at the official National Council for the Social Studies website.
  • C3teachers.org is a website where you can connect with Social Studies teacher bloggers and gather more resources about the C3 Social Studies Framework.  This website addresses C3 framework shifts in thinking which identify the 5 key changes that Social Studies teachers will need to make.  It also has a variety of different resources available.
  • “Simplifying the Common Core in Social Studies” – a great blog from Edunators.com that breaks down the literacy expectations of the Common Core for Social Studies.
  • The Los Angeles County Office of Education has created a lesson plan template for Social Studies based on the new C3 Framework.


  • Beyond the Bubble is a division of the Stanford History Education Group that focuses on assessment.  They make a strong case against multiple choice questions and also provide assessments that gauge students ability to source and interpret documents instead of memorize facts.


  • C-Span has released a video series with bellringers to go along with them!
  • EduTopia has a pretty extensive list of links for warm-up exercises and bellringers.
  • Check out the great links listed on the website Ringing in Learning!

Inquiry Based Learning