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.
Chapter 5: Writing Lessons from the Classroom
Writing 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 Writing. In the Grades 6–8 lesson, Argument Rotation, students learn through collaboration how to construct effective arguments. The second lesson, Cyberbullying Letters, appropriate for Grades 9–10, focuses on synthesizing information from research to compose letters that advocate for cyberbullying prevention. Lastly, in the Grades 11–12 lesson, This American Life, students use information that they gather from interviews and other research to compose a multimodal story.
Within the first lesson, Argument Rotation, we examine the logical structure of argument and effective rhetorical approaches to forming a good argument. Students write an evidence-based argument essay. In ...