The relatively new Common Core Standards seem threatening to educators at first, but with careful planning and the assistance of seasoned English language arts teachers, the Core Standards become manageable. This article presents a variety of literature and informational texts, suitable for the K- 12 grade levels, which focus on social justice and global thinking. Each text listed has an activity that was designed to meet at least one of the Common Core Standards and also includes the integration of technology and creativity in literacy instruction. With resources like the ones discussed in this article, teachers can easily tackle the Common Core and work towards creating global, critical thinkers.
Juarez, Lucinda M. and Rodriguez, Regina C. (2015) "The Global Leaders of Tomorrow: Shaping Critical Thinking and Social Justice Through Literacy" e_Journal of Balanced Reading Instruction 3(1), article 6. Available at http://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/jblri/vol3/iss1