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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.

Raising the Roof: Collaboration Beyond the School Building
Raising the roof: Collaboration beyond the school building
Collaboration on CCSS-Based ELA Curriculum Design

In this chapter, we will discuss how we benefited from collaborating on this book, the value of collaboration within our own schools and communities, and the evolution of partnerships prompted by technology. In the past, collaboration was limited; teachers primarily worked with others in their buildings. Now technology has raised the roof, broadening our potential partners for collaboration to far beyond the school building. The Internet allows teachers to connect with fellow educators and content experts (journalists, scientists, historians, etc.) regardless of location. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) provide a common set of expectations for students across the country, ...

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