For more than 25 years, Choices curriculum units have helped students develop the competencies now required in the C3 Framework, Common Core, and state standards. Our materials stress critical thinking, multiple perspectives, and textual analysis. Choices materials address each of the History/Social Studies Standards. In addition, they are an excellent way for social studies and ELA teachers to address Speaking and Listening Standards and Writing Standards. The Choices Program offers two kinds of curriculum units—those focused on a current issue and those focused on an historical turning point. Units in both categories teach history and have relevance for the present.

Alignment with Common Core

Choices offers three series of units – Current Issues, U.S. History, and World History. See how a sample unit from each of our series meets Common Core Standards.

Current Issues

U.S. History

World History

Prepare Students for College, Career, and Civic Life

Critical Thinking
Students examine historical context, analyze case studies, consider contrasting policy options, and explore the underlying values and interests that drive different perspectives.

Textual Analysis
Students examine primary and secondary sources to understand multiple perspectives on complex international and public policy issues.

Civic Literacy
Choices materials empower students with the skills and habits to actively engage with their communities and the world.

Media and Digital Literacy
Students critique editorials, audio and video sources, maps, and other visuals to identify perspective and bias. Video clips help students gather and assess information from leading scholars.

Students engage in collaborative discussions, build on each other’s ideas, formulate persuasive arguments, and express their own viewpoints.

Creativity and Innovation
Students express themselves by developing original policy options, memorializing historical events artistically, and creating political cartoons.

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