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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.

Laying the Foundation: An Overview
Laying the foundation: An overview
What Are the CCSS in ELA?

The fundamental importance of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) is that for the first time in U.S. history, states are in agreement regarding what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Furthermore, the CCSS in ELA outline the literacy skills and understandings that students are expected to demonstrate in order to be college and career ready. Specifically, students read complex works of literature for comprehension and enjoyment; they read print and digital texts deeply and critically; they engage with high-quality literary and informational texts to broaden their knowledge base, experiences, and worldviews (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices [NGA Center]/Council of Chief ...

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