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.