Paths to College and Career is a new, comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum for grades 6 to 12 built from the ground up over a three-year period to address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy. It reflects a deep understanding of the standards and assessments, and is written with a focus on the shifts in instructional practice and student experiences the standards require. It includes daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies, and other classroom resources.
Paths to College and Career provides teachers, schools, and districts with a concrete and practical ELA instructional program that engages students with compelling and complex texts. At each grade level, Paths to College and Career delivers a yearlong curriculum that develops all students’ ability to
• read closely and engage in text-based discussions,
• build evidence-based claims and arguments,
• conduct research and write from sources, and
• expand their academic vocabulary.
Paths to College and Career’s instructional resources address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and gifted and talented. The curriculum is flexible, user friendly, engaging, and purposefully built to prepare students for career, college, and life.
In Module 2 of Grade 9, students engage with literature and nonfiction texts that develop central ideas of guilt, obsession, and madness, among others. Students read Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Emily Dickinson’s poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” the Greek tragedy Oedipus the King, and several nonfiction texts. Building on work with evidence-based analysis and debate, students will produce evidence-based claims to analyze the development of central ideas and text structure. Students will develop and strengthen their writing by revising and editing, and will refine their speaking and listening skills through discussion-based assessments.