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.

Speaking and Listening Lessons from the Classroom

Speaking and listening 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 Speaking and Listening. The Grades 6–8 lesson, Life in a Bag, provides a structure for students to make oral presentations based on a common class text (in this case, The House on Mango Street). The Grades 9–10 lesson, Editorial Videos, connects students with informational text and requires them to analyze visual media and digital displays such as video and photography. The Grades 11–12 lesson, Show and Tell, shifts the focus of the classroom from teacher-led discussion to student-led discussion by requiring students to develop interesting and context-appropriate presentations throughout ...

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