Standards for the new Common Core include writing within disciplines. In order to address writing on a weekly basis without relying on a large project or lesson, instead include short writing samples on current events. This is perfect for the social studies classroom, especially those geared towards criminal and justice, government, civics and economics. This includes an explanation of the weekly lesson/assignment plus a source list, homework handout and a grading rubric. Lesson is a weekly lesson to reinforce what is being learned in the classroom by relating it to real life and having students write about it. Both are a part of the 21st century skills for students.