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Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum

Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum
The Common Core State Standards Edition

Third Edition

May 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin

Translate the new standards into meaningful curriculum!

The Common Core State Standards offer a shared language that ensures consistency and accountability, while also giving you the flexibility to design a curriculum that's right for your students. Of course, knowing what you need to teach doesn't tell you how to teach it—and that's where curriculum integration expert Susan M. Drake comes in.

In this new edition of her classic text, Drake applies the essential principles of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment to today's unique challenges. Focusing on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches, she provides guidance on

  • Unpacking the Common Core State Standards
  • Planning assessment tasks
  • Designing instructional strategies
  • Developing daily activities
  • Helping students connect essential questions to enduring understandings

Included are new examples of exemplary programs, discussion questions, a sample completed interdisciplinary curriculum, and activity suggestions for building your own standards-based integrated curriculum. This proven resource is the road map teachers and curriculum developers need to navigate the unfamiliar territory of the CCSS and to develop a curriculum that helps their students thrive. 

List of Figures
About the Author
Introduction: Personally Seeking Rigor and Relevance
1. What Is Interdisciplinary Curriculum?
Why Integrate the Curriculum?

Approaches to Integration

Degrees of Integration

A Summary of the Different Approaches to Integration

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

2. Accountability and Two-Dimensional Thinking
What Is Accountability?

What Is a Standards-Based Approach?

Two-Dimensional Thinking

The Know/Do/Be Umbrella

Designing Down

Designing Down and Interdisciplinary Work

Unpacking the Standards

Curriculum Mapping

Benefits of Curriculum Mapping

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

3. Snapshots of Exemplary Integrated Programs
Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, Connecticut: The Stamford HP Catalyst Project

Shelburne Community School, Shelburne, Vermont: The Alpha Program

Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida: Abess Center for Environmental Studies

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network

High Tech High, San Diego, California

Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Detroit, Michigan

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

4. Doing the Groundwork for Interdisciplinary Curriculum
What Is Worth Knowing?

What Is Worth Doing?

How Do We Want Our Students to Be?

The Scan and Cluster: Using the Zoom Lens to Identify the KDB

Creating the KDB Umbrella

Finding the Know

Finding the Do

Discovering the Be

Creating an Exploratory Web

Creating Essential Questions to Guide Curriculum Planning

Creating Essential Questions Across the Curriculum

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

5. How Do Teachers Know When Students Have Met Expectations?
Interdisciplinary Assessment

A Sample of a Rich Culminating Assessment Task

Planning Rich Culminating Assessment Tasks

Assessing the Development of Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings: An Example From a Fifth-Grade Unit

Planning for the Rich Culminating Assessment Task: An Example From a Fourth-Grade Unit

Discussion Question and Suggested Activities

6. Putting the Pieces Together
Designing Daily Activities and Assessments

Creating the Daily Activities/Assessments

The Seamless Integration of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

Epilogue: Curriculum Integration in the 21st Century
Appendix A. A Completed Unit: Conservation Clubhouse by Cathy Griffin
Appendix B. A Standards-Based Grade 10 Curriculum Unit: Saga of Survival
Appendix C. A Rubric and Reflection Tool to Use as a Guide for Creating Your Own Standards-Based Interdisciplinary Curriculum

"This book offers a fine text that applies the basics of standards-based curriculum and instruction to different approaches to implementation."

Midwest Book Review, October 2012

Very useful text

Dr Janet Baker
Graduate Nursing, Ursuline College
March 27, 2014

Did not address the needed topics for the course.

Margaret Ferrara
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University Of Nevada-Reno
January 20, 2014

Love it! Looking forward to using it

Dr Eric Bull
General Educ Academics Dept, William Jessup University
August 29, 2013

changed from illinois standards to current common core standards

Professor Michelle Walthers
Education Division, Olivet Nazarene University
November 13, 2012
Key features
  • Provides a new approach to standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Utilizes a framework that allows for multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to curriculum integration
  • Covers planning assessment tasks, designing instructional strategies, developing daily activities, and connecting big questions to big understandings
  • Includes end-of-chapter discussion questions and suggested activities to piece together a complete standards-based curriculum