Using the Curriculum Standards Module - Help Sheet
The Curriculum Standards (Academic Benchmarks) application is a tool that allows teachers to locate curriculum standards based on several criteria. Curriculum standards are created and published by each state in order to convey the educational requirements in each subject area at each grade level that students are expected to learn and teachers are expected to teach.
In addition, The Curriculum Standards application includes U.S. Common Core Standards and standards for Canadian provinces.
The Curriculum Standards application is available in the following EBSCO interfaces:
- English Language Learner Reference Center (Reference Shelf feature area)
- History Reference Center (Reference Shelf feature area)
- Kids Search (Teachers Resources section)
- Literary Reference Center and LRC Plus (Reference Shelf feature area)
- Points of View Reference Center (Reference Shelf feature area)
- Science Reference Center (Reference Shelf feature area)
- Searchasaurus (Teachers Resources section)
- Student Research Center (Teacher Resources section)
The application can be accessed two ways. The user can go directly to the Curriculum Standards application by typing http://absite.ebscohost.com/ into the browser window or by clicking specific links on the database home pages. (See next section.)
Accessing EBSCOhost Curriculum Standards from within databases
From Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, and Kids Search, click on Teacher Resources in the upper right corner of the homepage screen. If you are using one of the other interfaces, skip to #5.
Under Curriculum Standards, click on United States or Canada.
Selecting the desired province or state will link user to a corresponding external education website, which launches in a new browser window.
Selecting the “Curriculum Standards Application” will launch the EBSCOhost Academic Benchmarks application in a new browser window. Skip to step #6.
From English Language Learner Reference Center, History Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, and Science Reference Center, click on the Curriculum Standards link under Reference Shelf tab at the right of the screen. This will launch the Academic Benchmarks application in a new browser window.
Select desired State from drop-down list. You may also choose COMMON CORE (at the top) or Canadian – Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.
Select Standard, Subject, Year, and Grade to access the state’s curriculum standards, which will display in a column on the right side of the screen.
Click on the plus sign (+) icon to view standards for your chosen topic. Standards can be further expanded by clicking on subsequent plus sign icons. Click minus sign (-) icon to collapse list.
You have the option to Print, Email, or Save the information to your computer as a .txt file.
Using Search Strings
Within the Curriculum Standards (Academic Benchmarks) application, teachers have access to a number of recommended Search Strings to help them find relevant, professional content.
Select your State, followed by Standard, Subject, Year, and Grade. You may also choose COMMON CORE or Canadian – Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.
Click on (+) to expand standard to include individual benchmarks. Click (-) to collapse. Click on (+) of individual benchmark to reveal Search String.
From within your desired database, enter the recommended search terms in the Find fields. Click Search. A results list will display.
Incorporating Curriculum Standards into Lesson Plans
Select State, Standard, Subject, Year, and Grade to access the state’s curriculum standards, which will display on the right side of the screen. You may also choose COMMON CORE (at top of drop-down list) or Canadian – Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.
In the upper right corner of the screen, you are given the options to Print, Email, or Save the information to your computer as a .txt file.
If you save the .txt file to your computer, be sure you remember which folder you saved it in. From there, open the file.
Copy and paste the standards from the .txt file to your lesson plan. You will need to format your document accordingly.
|Topic:||Interface Features, Database Products and Content|
|Services:||Searchasaurus, Student Research Center, Kids Search, Literary Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, English Language Learner Reference Center, Literary Reference Center Plus, Science Reference Center, History Reference Center|