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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 enduring theorists in education (Dewey, Bloom, and Gardner). The final section offers collaboration strategies for connecting via technology to colleagues beyond the school building and working together on CCSS-based ELA lessons. This practical, easy-to-use guide will help you navigate the most efficient route to creating standards-based lessons that optimize student learning.

Introduction: How to Use This Book
Introduction: How to use this book

As English teachers and teacher educators, we are flooded with books in our field about how to teach standards-based English Language Arts (ELA). As busy professionals, we are constantly sifting through these books, searching for the reader-friendly and practical works that will help us understand how to design standards-based lessons. This book is designed to help you, the ELA professional, become more familiar with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and to guide you in aligning your lesson plans with the CCSS. We get to the core of the state standards and uncover their benefits for the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. We provide lessons from the field ...

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