Common Core and the Declaration of Independence
Happy 240th Birthday, America!
Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is one of only four required texts listed in the Common Core State Standards?
The remaining 3 are: The Preamble to the Constitution; The Bill of Rights; and President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
One of the great things about America is our diversity. Each state across this great nation has its own rich history and unique identity. And that’s exactly why – aside from these four texts – the Common Core does not prescribe what students should read. What the Common Core does ask of students is that they read these four documents and be able to analyze their themes, purposes and literary features.
The Common Core State Standards are a guide of learning goals grade by grade, that states can build upon and customize. That’s why each state that uses the Common Core can create its own curriculum as well as unique lists of what should be required reading.
The Common Core does not require any specific texts, fiction or non-fiction, beyond these four formative documents because states and local districts know what texts are most valuable to their students.