Common Core Alignments

See how FreedomFlix aligns to the Common Core State Standards

FreedomFlix is the online resource that allows students to master content area knowledge in social studies while honing their literacy skills.
Using FreedomFlix, students can achieve key goals of the Common Core State Standards:

  • Comprehend and evaluate nonfiction texts across a range of types and complexities
  • Build strong content knowledge
  • Set a purpose for reading
  • Use technology and digital media strategically and capably

Here are just some of the ways that FreedomFlix aligns to standards for English Language Arts for Grades 6–9:

  • Extension questions (included in every lesson plan) and Show What You Know quizzes prompt students to demonstrate understanding of texts and distinguish main ideas and supporting details. (Standards 1 and 2)
  • Project ideas based on FreedomFlix’s strong social studies content call for students to explain historical events. (Standard 3)
  • Key academic and content-area vocabulary words are bold-faced and defined in the eBooks. Lesson plans provide strategies for previewing vocabulary with the class. (Standard 4)
  • FreedomFlix eBooks follow a consistent structure and include nonfiction text features such as section headings, captions, and sidebars. Small-group activities in lesson plans often refer students to an eBook’s table of contents and chapter headings to complete a task. (Standard 5)
  • Balanced presentation of issues within an eBook and primary source accounts of events encourage students to consider multiple points of view. (Standard 6)
  • Using FreedomFlix, students can draw information from a variety of media and sources: an introductory video; a nonfiction eBook; related articles from Grolier Online; a wealth of stories, plays, and primary sources; and links to related, vetted sources of information on the Web. (Standard 7)
  • Writing prompts ask students to cite specific examples from their reading that support particular points. (Standard 8)
  • Related readings in Explore More provide opportunities to compare how different texts—including literary works—address similar themes. (Standard 9)
  • The core eBooks, along with related Explore More readings and Web links, present social studies texts at a range of complexities. The eBook’s read-along feature provides optional scaffolding that can be turned off as students become more proficient readers. (Standard 10)
  • All FreedomFlix texts contain grade-appropriate words, affording opportunities for practicing word-decoding skills. (Standard 3)
  • The eBooks provide an engaging and age-appropriate environment for students to practice reading with accuracy and fluency. The optional read-along feature provides a model for students who need additional support. (Standard 4)
  • Writing prompts and project ideas encourage students to draft opinion, informative/ explanatory, and narrative pieces in response to a topic. (Standards 1, 2, and 3)
  • Extension questions and project ideas require students to produce clear and coherent writing and to use technology to produce and publish writing and collaborate with others. (Standards 4 and 6)
  • Project ideas include those that require students to conduct short research projects using several sources; gather information from print and digital sources; and draw evidence from literary and informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (Standards 7, 8, and 9)
  • Lesson plans include whole-class and small-group instructional strategies that encourage students to engage in collaborative discussions. (Standard 1)
  • Students can watch and respond to the introductory videos and use the eBook read-along feature to hear texts read aloud. (Standard 2)
  • Project ideas include those that require students to report on a topic or present an opinion using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes. (Standard 4)
  • Writing prompts and project ideas provide ample opportunities for students to practice conventions of standard English grammar and usage in both writing and oral presentations. (Standards 1, 2, and 3)
  • FreedomFlix eBooks contain grade-appropriate vocabulary words with definitions and context clues. Word match games and the vocabulary preview section of lesson plans provide opportunities to assess and reinforce understanding. (Standards 4, 5, and 6)