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The Parallel Curriculum in the Classroom, Book 2
Units for Application Across the Content Areas, K-12

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September 2005 | 392 pages | Corwin

Learn to design exemplary Parallel Curriculum Units from the experts—classroom teachers!

What is the best way to incorporate the four parallels into your Parallel Curriculum Unit? How do teachers using the Parallel Curriculum Model (PCM) craft units based on the PCM and why do they utilize certain elements and downplay others? What does a complete Parallel Curriculum Unit look like? This compilation of Parallel Curriculum Units provides a close-up look into the development of PCM units and how those units work in actual classroom settings.

The Parallel Curriculum in the Classroom, Book 2 reflects a variety of Parallel Curriculum units spanning primary, elementary, middle, and high school levels of instruction and encompassing the disciplines of social studies, science, art, math, and language arts. Across each unit, the authors present a framework of three essential components in an effective Parallel Curriculum Unit:

  • The big picture of grade level, subject, goals, and standards
  • The unpacking, or step-by-step explanation of the unit
  • The reasoning behind the unit design

Whether using each parallel independently or combining all four parallels into curriculum design, teachers will find the units included here are exemplary models for creating their own parallel curriculum units. Use them as professional development tools to help plan thoughtful curriculum based upon the Parallel Curriculum Model!

See The Parallel Curriculum in the Classroom, Book 1


 
Introducing the Parallel Curriculum Model in the Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Sandra Kaplan
About the Book

 
Using the Model and Units for Professional Development

 
 
Acknowledgments
 
I. Your Story, My Story, History: A Unit for Kindergarten Students by Deborah Burns
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Parallels Remain Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
 
II. Wind - The Unequal Heating of the Earth’s Surface: A Core Unit on Weather for Elementary Students by Jeanne Purcell
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Core Parallel Remains Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
 
III. Adaptation: A Social Studies Unit on Cultures for Elementary Students by Sandra N. Kaplan
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Parallels Remain Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
 
IV. Open Your Eyes: A Unit on Visual Art History and Artistry for Middle School Students by Meg Eason Hines
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Parallel of Practice Remains Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description and Teacher Reflections

 
 
V. Historical Sleuthing: A Parallel of Practice Unit for Middle School Students by Carol Horn and Janice Strauss
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Parallel of Practice Remains Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
Unit Resources

 
Unit References

 
 
VI. The Power of Exponents: A Middle or High School Math Unit Incorporating All Four Parallels by Kristen Wogman Baron
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Parallels Remain Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
Core Curriculum Lessons

 
Curriculum of Connections

 
Curriculum of Practice Lessons

 
Curriculum of Identity Lessons

 
 
VII. With Liberty and Justice for All: A U.S. Government Unit Based on the Core and Identity Parallels for Middle or High School Students by Cindy Strickland
Background of Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Core and Identity Parallels Remain Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
Unit Resources

 
 
VIII. Using Biography and Autobiography to Understand Challenge, Choice, and Chance: A Unit for High School Students Incorporating All Four Parallels by Jann H. Leppien and Curt Bobbitt
Background for Unit

 
Content Framework

 
Making Sure the Parallels Remain Central in Teaching and Learning

 
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections

 
Core Curriculum Lessons

 
Curriculum of Practice Lessons

 
Curriculum of Connections Lessons

 
Curriculum of Identity Lessons

 
 
Index

"You will 'hear' the thinking of curriculum developers about how and why they crafted the units based on the PCM model, the requirements of their teaching context, and the needs of their students."
—From Book 2

From Book 2

This provided great examples for my students in writing curriculum units.

Ms Jo Henderson
Education, Boise State University
January 24, 2012

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