Ky. teachers: Students challenged, engaged with common-core-aligned social studies

Social studies teachers in Kenton County, Ky., are among the first teachers in the country to incorporate some key elements of the Common Core State Standards -- teaching literacy skills within their subjects. As the first state to adopt the standards, Kentucky's social studies teachers already have incorporated historical and informational texts in classes, and shifted focus to analysis and argumentation. Students are more informed and engaged and producing better writing on issues they care about, said Roger Stainforth, a Dixie Heights High School social studies teacher.

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