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Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades K-5 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118108222
ISBN-10: 1118108221
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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: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118108221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118108222
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought that whoever created these units used items that were commonly taught in my grade level (5th) to create the units. The 5th grade units have social studies incorporated in them, but social studies that has absolutely nothing to do with the social studies we study in 5th grade. The Renaissance? In 5th grade? Native American cultures is ok, but it has us doing this toward the end of the year, not the beginning. Unit 4 is Civil War. We learn about the colonies and the American Revolution, not the Civil War (in my state anyway). Playing with words and Coming of Age are ok units, but overall I was very disappointed.
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This is exactly what you can print off the common core web site!!!! Do not waste your money!!!!! Very disappointed!!
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This is an excellent guilde to use in homeschooling. I wanted to make certain the children are meeting the common core currculum standards without being a slave to it. I can follow the suggested books and activities or modify them and be sure that we cover everything the kids need to learn during the year. It even has suggestions for faster and slower learners. I'm extremely pleased with it. Although I don't like "teaching to a test," I do want to make sure that they are mastering the skills they need.
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By Joe-Sam on May 17, 2012
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This book is awesome! As a 5th grade teacher whose state is switching to the common core next year, I was ecstatic when this book arrived. This book has great ideas and lesson examples as well as suggested reading for each unit and goal. This is a must have for any elementary language arts teacher. I have shared with all staff here and several are ordering this for their classroom as well.
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I run Wings to Soar Online Virtual School for homeschoolers and consult regularly with homeschoolers and districts running online charter schools. I plan to recommend this book as a great core resource to build upon for my clients. I am planning to write a supplemental guide to using these Common Core Curriculum Maps in homeschool settings to support my clients.

The Reading Foundations sequence provided for K-2 is quite strong and readily implementable. It is a separate section from the main text (between the 2nd and 3rd grade units), but is meant to be used along with each of the six units for each year. The introductory material states that the teaching of these foundational reading skills needs an additional 30-40 minutes of instruction daily beyond the main unit materials. I would say that would be a minimum. It is broken down into 6 week sections per year to give an idea for a reasonable pacing and progression of the Common Core skills with far more detail than the Core itself provides.

Finally, a resource for educators that thoroughly integrates the phonics principles taught in Orton-Gillingham. The phonics generalizations incorporated here taught as broadly applicable to all learners, as they are and should be. For too long, these very useful generalizations have been limited to Orton-Gillingham based materials targeted to help dyslexic learners, rather than presented as tools to help all learners decode and spell.

In the Foundations of Reading section, there are also useful sections on teaching Print Concepts in kindergarten and early first grade, although the activities are definitely targeted to classroom settings, but many can certainly be adapted for homeschool.
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This is an excellent resource for every teacher K-5! I love the way lessons are tied across the curriculum! A fantastic guide for helping educators transition to Common Core!
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This is not what I expected. I guess, in retrospect, I have no idea what I expected. Let me tell you what it is: a book of thematic units. Language Arts units with adjoining lessons that cover all subjects. It has all the grade levels in it as well. Since I teach only one grade, most of this book is useless to me. Once I delve into what is actually my grade, I find that the lessons for LA revolve very specifically around science and history standards that are not correct for my state. For instance, in California we do not teach the human body in 4th grade, so a bunch of 4th grade CC writing standards around the human body is worthless is to me. It's full of rubrics and standards, but any teacher who has had any CC training at all already has all of those papers.

I'll keep looking for a true CC pacing guide.
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As we are moving to the CCSS, this book was recommended and after using it today at a CCSS training, I am excited to follow the currirulum maps and pacing guides. Will be such a great resource to jumping feet first into this endavor.
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