The following are FAQs that we have received over time and during our development of the Core Knowledge History and GeographyTM (CKHGTM) program.
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CKHG units are correlated to topics at the grade levels specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which allows students in schools following the Sequence to build knowledge grade by grade. In other settings, individual CKHG units may be used as supplemental resources.
In general, the content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grades K-2 can be used at any level in that primary grade-band, and units for Grades 3-5 are appropriate for young readers from the upper elementary grades through middle school. The content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grade 6 are appropriate for students in Grade 6 and up.
For CKHG middles school see question, “How can I use the CKHG middle school program if the topics do not align with my state standards?”
If you’re already using CKLA in your classroom, here are three reasons to use CKHG as well:
- To fill in gaps: CKLA explores many, but not all, of the history topics specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence. By adding CKHG, you’ll help your students get a broader, stronger grounding in history and geography.
- To enrich your program: Take a look at the many additional activities you can use from CKHG, including virtual field trips, online videos, literature and art connections, and more.
- To reinforce learning: Between the two sets of instructional materials (CKLA and CKHG), there is some intentional overlap in topics, but in each series students read completely different text. Reading different texts on the same domains during the language arts and social studies blocks can give students repeated exposure to domain vocabulary. See these sample pacing guides for suggestions about how to coordinate the use of both CKLA and CKHG together.
The CKHG middle school program, “A History of the United States” provides educators various ways in which they can plan and deliver history and geography content in line with the Core Knowledge approach:
- A full year pacing guide illustrates how the full program (i.e., volumes 1 and 2) can be addressed across an academic year in either grade 7 or grade 8.
- For schools that decide to implement the program in both grades 7 and 8, pacing guides for Volume 1 and Volume 2 describe how the program’s optional “Learning Lab” activities can be utilized to enrich the learning experiencing. These include additional research, writing, and discussion topics based on specific content. By partaking in these activities, students engage in new experiences with the content or take a deeper dive; thus, extending instructional days for each chapter.
The design of the CKHG middle school program lends itself to be used in a flexible manner. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic, and can be taught in isolation. That is, the chapter content and corresponding activities do not rely on previous chapters. Thus, educators can “redesign” the CKHG program to support instruction aligned to their standards (e.g., creating a new scope and sequence for grade 7 with select topics from Volumes 1 and 2 and the remaining topics for grade 8). This process would require identifying which corresponding chapters from CKHG align with state standard topics, and then utilizing the corresponding pacing material to determine the amount of time to allot to each topic (chapter).
When utilizing select chapters from the grades 7–8 program, it is important to consider both the coherent and cumulative implications.
- A coherent sequence presents and explores topics through an orderly flow. It moves from one idea to the next, one unit to the next, in a logical fashion. When considering the subject of history, this would require each grade level to study events in chronological order.
- A cumulative sequence builds across grade levels. Topics introduced in early grade levels (e.g., K–2) serve as the foundation for later learning (e.g., 3–5). When identifying topics for grade 8, one would need to consider what prerequisite knowledge students would bring from grade 7.
All K–6 CKHG materials are available for purchase as homeschool sets or individual items (e.g., Teacher Guide, Student Book/Reader, Timeline Cards). Please visit our bookstore for pricing information.
Individual components, homeschool sets, and classroom sets for the CKHG middle school program, A History of the United States, will not be available for sale until September. However, all materials are posted online. So, in the interim, digital copies can be accessed. We will send out an email blast when these purchase options are available. Consider signing up for the Core Knowledge newsletter.