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

ISBN: 978-1-118-13712-3
464 pages
October 2011, Jossey-Bass
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The first books to present specific guidance for teaching the Common Core State Standards

Forty-three states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have signed on to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The need for curriculum guides to assist teachers in helping students meet these standards has become imperative. Created by teachers, for teachers, the research-based curriculum maps in this book present a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic units for teaching the skills outlined in the CCSS for English language arts in Grades K-5. The maps address every standard in the CCSS, yet are flexible and adaptable to accommodate diverse teaching styles.

  • Each grade is broken down into six units that include focus standards, suggested works, sample activities and assessments, lesson plans, and more
  • Teachers can use the maps to plan their year and craft their own more detailed lesson plans

Any teacher, school, or district that chooses to follow the Common Core maps can be confident that they are adhering to the standards.

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Foreword by Carol Jago vii

Written by Teachers, for Teachers xi

Introduction by Lynne Munson xiii

How to Use the Common Core Curriculum Maps xvii

Kindergarten 1

Unit 1 A Colorful Time with Rhythm and Rhyme 3

Unit 2 Tell a Story, 1-2-3 13

Unit 3 Exploring with Friends in the Neighborhood 21

Unit 4 America: Symbols and Celebrations 31

Unit 5 The Great Big World 39

Unit 6 Wonders of Nature: Plants, Bugs, and Frogs 49

Grade 1 57

Unit 1 Alphabet Books and Children Who Read Them 59

Unit 2 The Amazing AnimalWorld 67

Unit 3 Life Lessons 77

Unit 4 Winds of Change 87

Unit 5 American Contributions 97

Unit 6 Around the World with a Glass Slipper 107

Grade 2 115

Unit 1 A Season for Chapters 117

Unit 2 The Wild West 129

Unit 3 Building Bridges with Unlikely Friends 139

Unit 4 A Long Journey to Freedom 149

Unit 5 Hand-Me-Down Tales from Around theWorld 157

Unit 6 Taking Care of Ourselves 167

Reading Foundations: A Pacing Guide for Reading Instruction 175

Grade 3 207

Unit 1 Stories Worth Telling Again and Again 209

Unit 2 Inspired by the Sea 219

Unit 3 Creative, Inventive, and Notable People 229

Unit 4 The People, the Preamble, and the Presidents 239

Unit 5 A Feast ofWords on a Planet Called Earth—and Beyond 249

Unit 6 Fantastic Adventures with Dragons, Gods, and Giants 259

Grade 4 267

Unit 1 Tales of the Heart 269

Unit 2 Literature Settings: Weather or Not 281

Unit 3 Animals Are Characters, Too: Characters Who Gallop, Bark, and Squeak 293

Unit 4 Revolutionaries from the Past 305

Unit 5 Stories of the Earth and Sky 317

Unit 6 Literary Heroes 329

Grade 5 339

Unit 1 Playing with Words 341

Unit 2 Renaissance Thinking 351

Unit 3 Clues to a Culture 361

Unit 4 America in Conflict 371

Unit 5 Exploration, Real and Imagined 381

Unit 6 Coming of Age 393

About Common Core 405

Acknowledgments 407

Index of Suggested Works 409

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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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