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Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, 6–12

Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, 6–12

July 2013 | 288 pages | Corwin
Your ELA roadmap to achieving Common Core objectives!

Are your secondary students on track to meet the new Common Core ELA standards? If they aren't, they can be soon. In Mapping Comprehensive Units, Kathy Glass presents a comprehensive plan for effective curriculum design that you can use as a model for either revising your existing Grades 6-12 ELA curriculum or creating an entirely new one. This book includes:

Key benefits and a rationale for each standard

Tools for developing a unit map and reinforcing important connections across all components

Practical instruments to plan exciting, content-rich Common Core units of study

List of Figures
About the Author
Chapter 1: Standards and Knowledge
The Purpose of Standards  
Key Areas of Emphasis in the ELA Common Core Standards  
Understanding Fiction and Nonfiction Characteristics  
Definitions of the Common Core Text Types and Sample Prompts  
What Do Argument Texts Entail?  
What Do Informative/Explanatory Texts Entail?  
What Do Narrative Texts Entail?  
A Closer Look at Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing  
Identifying and Articulating the Language Standards Across Grades  
Exercise 1: What Is the Best Way to Group Standards?  
Unit Focus and Template  
Considerations for Grouping Standards  
Grouping Standards: Two Approaches  
Definition and Examples for Knowledge  
Exercise 2: How Are Standards Used to Determine What Students Should Know?  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 2: Essential Understandings
The Nature and Critical Importance of Essential (or Enduring) Understandings  
Essential Understandings as Statements of Conceptual Intent  
Examples of Essential Understandings Aligned to the Anchor Standards for Reading  
Special Considerations: Time, Intellectual Growth, Clustering  
Constructing Your Own Essential Understandings  
Exercise 3: How Do Educators Create (or Revise) Essential Understandings?  
Sharing Essential Understandings With Your Students  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 3: Guiding Questions
The Importance of Guiding Questions  
Sharing Guiding Questions With Your Students  
The Differences Between Essential Unit and Lesson Guiding Questions  
Designing Text-Dependent Questions for Complex Text  
How Do Teachers Facilitate Close Reading of Complex Texts?  
Examples of Essential Unit and Lesson Guiding Questions for Grammar and Conventions  
Constructing Your Own Essential Unit and Lesson Guiding Questions
Exercise 4: How Do Educators Create (or Revise) Essential Unit and Lesson Guiding Questions?  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 4: Unit Map Template and Example
Customizing and Adapting the Unit Map to Fit Your Needs  
Organizing Unit Maps and Student Work  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 5: Summative Assessments and Preassessments
Types of Assessments  
Summative (Culminating) Assessments  
Constructing Your Own Summative Assessment  
Exercise 5: How Do Educators Determine an Appropriate Summative Assessment?  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 6: Skills, Activities, Formative Assessments, and Resources
Teaching Strategies and Learning Activities  
Formative Assessments  
Identifying Skills and Constructing Activities, Evidence of Assessment, and Resources for Your Targeted Unit  
Exercise 6: What Targeted Skills With Associated Activities, Evidence of Assessment, and Resources Can Educators Design (and Find) for a Targeted Unit?  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 7: Differentiated Instruction
Content, Process, and Product  
Readiness, Learning Profile, and Interest  
Instructional Strategy: Rolling Dice or Cubes  
Instructional Strategy: Using Manipulatives  
Constructing Your Own Differentiated Instructional Strategies  
Exercise 7: How Can You Indicate Differentiation on Your Unit Map?  
Looking Ahead  
Chapter 8: Lesson Design
Lesson Components  
Sample Lessons  
Next Steps After Designing Lessons  
A Final Note  
Lesson 1: What Are Inferences? How Do I Make Inferences About This Text?  
Lesson 2: What Is Characterization? How Do Authors Use Characterization to Create and Develop Characters?  
Lesson 3: What Factors Help Me to Evaluate the Credibility of Sources?  
Lesson 4: What Are Elements of an Argument Paper? What Are the Expectations for My Finished Argument?  
Resource: A Brief Primer on the ELA Common Core Standards
Creation and Purpose of the Common Core Standards  
Who Led the Standards Initiative, and What Is the Goal?  
Who Are the CCSSO and NGA?  
Content and Structure of the Common Core Standards  
Research Highlights for the Reading Strand  
Can States Add to the Standards?  
How Can Standards Be Identified?  
Collaboration, Limitations, and Assessment  
Who Uses These Standards Besides the ELA Teacher?  
What Aspects Are Not Covered in the Common Core Standards Document?  
What to Look for When Aligning Existing Standards With the Common Core  

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ISBN: 9781452268620