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Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts: Grades 6-8

ISBN: 978-1-118-14804-4
240 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 D.C 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 6-8. Each grade is broken down into six units that include focus standards, suggested works, sample activities and assessments, lesson plans, etc.

  • Teachers can use the maps to plan their year and craft their own more detailed lesson plans
  • The maps address every standard in the CCSS, yet are flexible and adaptable to accommodate diverse teaching styles

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

Grade 6 1

Unit 1 I Won’t Grow Up 3

Unit 2 Folklore: A Blast from the Past 13

Unit 3 Embracing Heritage 23

Unit 4 Courageous Characters 33

Unit 5 Figure It Out 43

Unit 6 Winging It 53

Grade 7 61

Unit 1 Characters with Character 63

Unit 2 Perseverance 73

Unit 3 Courage in Life and in Literature 85

Unit 4 Survival in the Wild 99

Unit 5 Science or Fiction? 107

Unit 6 Literature Ref lects Life: Making Sense of Our World 117

Grade 8 125

Unit 1 Urban Settings in America: ‘‘It Happened in the City’’ 127

Unit 2 Rural Settings in North America: ‘‘It Happened in the Country’’ 137

Unit 3 Looking Back on America 149

Unit 4 Authors and Artists 161

Unit 5 Dramatically Speaking 173

Unit 6 ‘‘The Road Not Taken’’ 183

About Common Core 193

Acknowledgments 195

Index of Suggested Works 197

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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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