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Using the Parallel Curriculum Model in Urban Settings, Grades K-8

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October 2009 | 128 pages | Corwin

"My experience teaching the lessons to students helped me understand the importance of self-reflection. The students were able to reflect on their own abilities in learning. Defining who you are as a learner is informative and empowering."
—Robert Grubb, Teacher
Los Angeles City Unified School District, CA

"Teaching students how to be 'lifelong learners' can be realized by helping them develop a sense of responsibility for their learning. These lessons provide that opportunity for students."
—Paige A. McGinty, Doctoral Student in Teacher Education, Multicultural Societies
University of Southern California

Discover how the Parallel Curriculum Model can help urban students achieve!

Teachers in urban schools often find that their students have learning needs that go beyond a standards-based curriculum. Originally developed for gifted learners, the Parallel Curriculum Model is highly effective for helping students of all backgrounds reach new levels of achievement. This book presents a high-quality curriculum that builds key learning skills for academic success for students of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Easily taught alongside a regular curriculum for Grades K–8, this hands-on resource focuses on student potential in four areas: as scholars, active classroom participants, self-advocates, and articulate presenters. Educators will learn how to forge connections between standard curriculum content and the personal traits that students need to thrive in school and beyond. Readers will find:

  • An enriched, multidisciplinary curriculum for developing resiliency, self-motivation, and collaboration skills in urban youth
  • Sixteen field-tested and ready-to-use lesson plans and related reproducibles
  • Thought-provoking questions and interactive exercises that promote critical and creative thinking and classroom discussion

Mentor your students in developing lifelong skills for learning and success through a holistic approach that challenges and inspires.


 
Preface: Bridging the Gap
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: The Purposes of the Parallel Curriculum Model
Multiple Applications and the Parallel Curriculum Model

 
Flexibility of the Parallel Curriculum Model

 
Structure of the Parallel Curriculum Model

 
Responding to Student Diversity With Curriculum Diversity

 
Urban Classroom Dynamics

 
Developing an Academic Skill Set

 
Introduction to the PCM Focus Lessons

 
Lesson Plan Format

 
Implementing the Lesson Plan

 
Lesson Plan Scheduling

 
Depth and Complexity

 
 
1. Scholarly Dispositions
Lesson A: Developing an Interest (I)

 
Lesson B: Developing an Interest (II)

 
Lesson C: Developing Tenacity

 
Lesson D: Determining Relevance

 
Lesson E: Confronting Failure

 
Lesson F: Intellectual Strengths

 
Lesson G: Receptivity to Experience

 
 
2. Participation Skills
Lesson A: Questioning

 
Lesson B: Asking for Clarification

 
Lesson C: Restating

 
Lesson D: Acknowledging Peers

 
 
3. Self-Advocacy
Lesson A: Establishing a Voice

 
Lesson B: Building Confidence

 
Lesson C: Establishing an Identity

 
Lesson D: Multiple Group Membership

 
 
4. Presentation Skills
Lesson A: Talking Steps

 
Lesson B: Ways to Say It

 
Lesson C: Engaging the Audience

 
Lesson D: Staying on Target

 
 
Appendix A: Designing Curriculum Using the Parallel Curriculum Model
 
Appendix B: Teaching the Prompts of Depth and Complexity
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Supplemental Resources Website
This companion website is intended to provide support materials for Using the Parallel Curriculum Model in Urban Settings, Grades K-8. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward supporting understanding of and enhancing the applications found in the book.

“My experience teaching the lessons to students helped me understand the importance of self-reflection. The students were able to reflect on their own abilities in learning. The opportunity to define themselves as learners is informative and empowering.”

Robert Grubb, Teacher
Los Angeles City Unified School District, CA

"Teaching students how to be 'lifelong learners' can be realized by helping them develop a sense of responsibility for their learning. These lessons provide that opportunity for students."

Paige A. McGinty, Doctoral Student in Teacher Education, Multicultural Societies
University of Southern California
Key features
  • Introductory overview of the parallel curriculum model
  • 16 ready-to-use parallel curriculum lessons with graphics and reproducibles
  • Detailed instructions for lesson implementation and scheduling
  • Charts showing how the parallel curriculum model enhances learning experiences of diverse students in urban schools

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Introduction

Chapter 1: Scholarly Dispositions


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