One of the weaknesses I have noticed that seems to be ever increasing is the ability for students to read at a higher level. The Common Core challenges students to do just that and, if I'm being honest, intimidates me a bit.
In looking to update my lessons on the Industrial Age I stumbled across achievethecore.org. The information and lessons that this site has is extremely helpful and I found a lesson that breaks down Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" through a close reading assignment. Yesterday in class I started the lesson and it went very well.
If you're struggling with how to integrate the Common Core Standards in your classrooms, it's worth a look.