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Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 9-12 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118108208
ISBN-10: 1118108205
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From the Back Cover

The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are meant to be taught within the context of a "content-rich curriculum," but they don't specify what content students need to master. Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, written by teachers, for teachers, is designed to assist teachers by providing detailed curriculum "maps" for teaching the CCSS for English Language Arts within a coherent sequence of thematic units by grade level.

  • Each grade includes a "standards checklist" showing which standards are covered in which unit.

  • Each unit contains focus standards, student objectives, suggested works, sample activities and assessments, a sample lesson plan with guidance for differentiated instruction, and more.

  • Standards citations are included after each sample activity/assessment to indicate alignment.

  • Every standard in the CCSS is covered in the maps; most more than once.

The maps are flexible and adaptable to accommodate diverse teaching styles. Any teacher, school, or district can use this book to plan their year and to craft their own more detailed lesson plans with confidence that they are adhering to the standards.

"Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts is a wonderful tool for classroom teachers who have all they can do to handle their countless daily responsibilities. With the inclusion of essential questions, and even ways to bring in music and art, the maps in this book are ready-made for teachers to use as they see fit. The maps are a helpful tool for implementing the Common Core State Standards in the classroom and provide a welcome and long overdue system of support for America's educators."
David P. Driscoll, former president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and current chair of the National Assessment Governing Board

"The curriculum maps in this book offer us a magnificent opportunity to rekindle the magic of learning in America's classrooms! Teachers will be excited to bring content-rich, integrated learning experiences to life using these maps as a guide."
Teresa Chance, Professional Development Director for Rogers Public Schools, Arkansas

About the Author

Common Core is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to advocate for a content-rich liberal arts education in America's K-12 schools. To improve education in America, Common Core creates curriculum tools and also promotes programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences. Common Core is not affiliated with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information, go to www.commoncore.org.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118108205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118108208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My state is adopting the Common Core Curriculum next school year. As the lead ELA teacher in our school, I am collecting and researching material for our school to use - my ELA consultant bought us this resource to use, and it is wonderful! Each grade level has the units broken down with essential questions, focus standards, objectives, and suggested lists of works. There are also sample activities and lesson plans! Love this book!
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The title is misleading on two counts. First of all, it implies that the curriculum maps contained therein have the imprimatur of the creators of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), when in fact these were developed by teachers who are not affiliated with the designers of the Common Core. There should be a visible disclaimer along the lines of "The units contained herein are not affiliated with and have not been endorsed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative."

Second, and more substantively, if the CCSS represent a paradigm shift from individual state standards (at least they do so in relation to the old Massachusetts Frameworks), then a curriculum that truly embraces these new standards should be substantially different from one based on an older set of standards. For example, the old Massachusetts Frameworks have a genre-based focus, with separate standards for fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and myth. The CCSS, however, emphasizes close reading skills that cut across genres; it does "break up" the reading standards into Reading Literary Texts (RL) and Reading Informational Texts (RI), but (with exceptions) an RL standard is fundamentally the same as the corresponding RI standard; analyzing a device like figurative language, for instance, cuts across all genres.

One would think that with this shift from a focus on genre to a focus on transferable skills, the curriculum maps contained in this book would reflect this shift in thinking; however, the Grade 9 curriculum map in the book is essentially what a typical grade 9 map would look like--starting off with short stories, then a novel, then poetry, then a play, then an epic, then literary nonfiction. Likewise, there is nothing "new" about the other grades' curriculum maps.
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Though this book is a good idea, it does not offer much more than the actual common core website. It lists various book suggestions and units you could do that would be "Common Core Appropriate" but so does the NCTE website...
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At first, I thought that this product would be a godsend, in that it would help me -- a new teacher of English -- plan the curriculum for a smaller district thin on leadership in its English department and bent on following the Common Core. My principal and curriculum instructor bought into it wholesale, as did most of the department, including me. It would offer a quasi-backward-designed unit, complete with selections to choose from, and more importantly, it would allow us to instantaneously align our high school English curriculum vertically.

This tool's offering for grades nine, eleven, and twelve may be good, great...I don't know, because I teach tenth graders. I am not enamored with what the tenth-grade units have to offer. I have been reading the selections that Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 9-12 has suggested, and I'm not impressed. My initial goal was to peruse all selections so that I could thoughtfully employ the pieces offering the most student engagement and an appropriate level of rigor. Now, I've given up that purpose for reading and am solely focused on finding material appropriate to the age group...because, well, most of it is absolutely not appropriate.

I can live with the fact that the Russian unit is heavy on Chekhov, a writer whose writing I love but which I think students will not love. However, I am plowing through the Asian literature at the moment...and let's just say that I don't feel that I can teach ninety percent of what this book has suggested I teach to fifteen-year-old kids, especially boys. The material is thematically heavy on sex, and quite a bit of it is graphic -- it is descriptive!
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I am so glad I discovered this book! It contains the curriculum maps for grades 9 - 12 English Language Arts. It has a sample lesson for each grade level, but largely leaves the detail planning up to the teacher. I like having the big units already done. It provides strong, solid suggestions for activities, provides the list of Common Core State Standards covered in each unit, and even provides an overview checklist of standards.

This is a great tool! It has taken the fear of change out of the equation and allowed me to move forward with the new standards from Day 1 in my classroom. I've been teaching for 24 years, yet I saw a significant difference in the students' response and approach to the material right away!

This book helps teachers go in depth rather than breadth. No longer a mile wide and an inch deep, this book provides a strong base for teachers to build critical thinking skills in their students.

A MUST HAVE!! I bought both the Kindle and paperback versions, and I use both regularly. The print may actually be a little more useful because the Kindle version of this book will not allow copy/paste features to work (so no printing from the electronic version!)
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