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.

Reading Lessons from the Classroom

Reading 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 Reading. In the first lesson for Grades 6–8, students discuss and analyze two texts, Journey of the Sparrows and The Arrival, and retell the story of the former using a graphic novel format. The second lesson, based on Macbeth, is appropriate for Grades 9–10 and requires students to analyze one of Macbeth's soliloquies and use its structure to compose their own soliloquies. Lastly, the Grades 11–12 lesson on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address engages students in a critical examination of well-known presidential speeches.

Within the first lesson, students examine how the authors of two very different ...

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