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Design effective CCSS-aligned lessons for secondary students

If you want to revamp your secondary English Language Arts curriculum to reflect the Common Core State Standards, this book is the perfect resource. The authors move the implementation of the CCSS for ELA from the abstract to the concrete by providing adaptable, exemplar lesson plans in each of the CCSS strands: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Each lesson template includes: Intended grade level band, timeline, and the type of student writing involved; Connections to supporting theory, including the Backward Design model; Variations to differentiate the lesson for diverse student populations; Ways to link the lesson to technology and service learning; Reproducible handouts

The lesson narratives also give tips for incorporating technology into lessons and connecting them to ...

The Benefits of CCSS for the Teaching of Reading
The benefits of CCSS for the teaching of reading

We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are. Yet the strongest, most authentic motive for deep reading of the now much abused traditional canon is the search for a difficult pleasure.

—Harold Bloom (How to Read and Why)

We chose to begin with Bloom's quote because it focuses on the pleasure that comes from mastering the task of reading. For many of our students, reading complex texts is difficult, but we hope that the rewards of unlocking ...

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