Do you use any of the new CCSS textbooks? We had a sample copy in our workroom. Due to factors of cost, most of our texts appear to be created ten-years ago.
The CCSS texts don't seem significantly different from the older texts. History hasn't changed much. Both books have questions for critical thinking at the end of each section. It doesn't seem to me that there is any great difference in the level of the questions. Perhaps, it's just me.
|A CCSS question page. Notice the branding next to the word "REVIEW"|
|A pre-Core question page|
In my classroom, at some point, we look at cuneiform symbols. We compare them to the symbols of other early writing systems. We read a primary source on a child's day at school in Sumer and a summarized version of Gilgamesh. It may seem like I have always been Common-Core aligned. No, it's just good teaching. No branding necessary. Keep your Pearson tests with cut scores set just so.
|A CCSS-Aligned Page on Cunieform|
|A pre-Core book on Cuneiform|
|A pre-Core book on Sumer|
|CCSS label appears next to the "HELP DESK" above. Help!|