Design effective CCSS-aligned lessons for secondary students
If you want to revamp your secondary English Language Arts curriculum to reflect the Common Core State Standards, this book is the perfect resource. The authors move the implementation of the CCSS for ELA from the abstract to the concrete by providing adaptable, exemplar lesson plans in each of the CCSS strands: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Each lesson template includes:
- Intended grade level band, timeline, and the type of student writing involved
- Connections to supporting theory, including the Backward Design model
- Variations to differentiate the lesson for diverse student populations
- Ways to link the lesson to technology and service learning
- Reproducible handouts
The lesson narratives also give tips for incorporating technology into lessons and connecting them to enduring theorists in education (Dewey, Bloom, and Gardner). The final section offers collaboration strategies for connecting via technology to colleagues beyond the school building and working together on CCSS-based ELA lessons. This practical, easy-to-use guide will help you navigate the most efficient route to creating standards-based lessons that optimize student learning.
This companion website will provide you with handouts related to the lessons presented in Getting to the Core of English Language Arts, Grades 6–12: How to Meet the Common Core State Standards with Lessons from the Classroom. In addition, you will find several examples of student work. We chose these samples to represent a range of student ability from those in an academic intervention program to those in Advanced Placement classes.