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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.

Language Lessons from the Classroom
Language lessons from the classroom

In this chapter, we will present three lessons that we believe are particularly effective for addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Language. The Grades 6–8 lesson, Literary Devices Booklet, focuses on examining the use of literary devices and how they shape the meaning and style of a literary work. The Of Mice and Men Visualization Exercise for Grades 9–10 allows students to explore language and how it functions in Steinbeck's novel. Lastly, in the Grades 11–12 lesson, Speech Analysis, students apply their understanding of rhetorical language and how it functions in a speech by composing their own speeches.

Within the first lesson, Literary Devices Booklet, students analyze how specific word choice in the poem “Stopping ...

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