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Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K–5

Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K–5

Foreword by Cindy A. Strickland

Additional resources:

April 2012 | 256 pages | Corwin

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A GPS for Implementing Common Core Standards

Translating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into an effective curriculum is at the top of many educators' to-do lists, and this book shows you how. Master teacher and curriculum specialist Kathy T. Glass familiarizes teachers and curriculum designers with the key points of the ELA Common Core Standards and demonstrates how to design effective curriculum units to align with them. She provides practical and accessible tools for developing a unit map and for making the important connections among all map components, including differentiated instruction. Also included are:

  • A rationale for each component of unit and lesson design
  • Practical, quality instruments to plan exciting, content-rich units of study aligned to the CCSS
  • Reproducible templates and examples of unit curriculum maps and sample lessons

In addition, this practitioner-friendly guide provides templates, exercises, rubrics, and assessment tools and instructional strategies. A companion website offers helpful online resources that readers can download and use. Teachers, curriculum designers or directors, administrators, PLC members, and others who plan to use the Common Core State Standards to write meaningful and effective curriculum will find valuable navigational assistance from a skilled and experienced professional throughout these pages.

List of Figures
Foreword by Cindy A. Strickland
About the Author
1. Standards and Knowledge
2. Essential Understandings and Guiding Questions
3. Unit Template With Examples
4. Assessments
5. Skills, Activities, Formative Assessments, and Resources
6. Differentiated Instruction
7. Lesson Design
Resource: A Brief Primer on the ELA Common Core Standards


Companion Web Site
This companion website provides you with resources from the book Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K–5, including handouts and activities for student use. You can download and adapt to suit the grade level you teach or to personalize or alter a specific assignment to meet students' needs.

"Kathy's book is relevant for teachers, administrators and policymakers as we ramp up to the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Kathy Glass takes the daunting task of reorganizing curriculum and assessments to the new English Language Arts standards and provides clear strategies to make the instructional shift. Her articulation of the new ELA standards combined with templates, rubrics, and samples of formative and interim task assessments will guide teachers through successful implementation."

Tracy A. Huebner, Senior Research Associate
WestEd, San Francisco, CA

“This book is accessible, easy to follow, and has practical application. The author merges the practices of backward design, curriculum mapping, differentiating instruction, and standards-driven teaching into one usable tool.”

Alesha M. Moreno-Ramirez, K-6 Literacy Consultant
Fresno, CA

"This book is a rich and detailed guide for mapping comprehensive units to the ELA CSS. With a laser focus, the author cuts to the heart of what we need to know, understand, and do, while validating best instructional practices we may already be using. She provides a wealth of examples for better understanding CCSS and aligning comprehensive units to them."

Diane McIver, Principal
Bradt School, Rotterdam-Mohonasen CSD, Schenectady, NY

“This easy-to-use, step by step guide really makes the process of mapping and curriculum development using the ELA Common Core Standards accessible and seamless. It is an excellent tool for a Professional Learning Community and for new and veteran teachers.”

Johnna Becker, 4th Grade Teacher and District Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment Support Provider
Menlo Park City School District, Atherton, CA

“This book is a rich resource that immerses teachers in the new ELA Common Core Standards, providing them with a practical, quality instrument to plan exciting, content-rich units of study. With effective tools, examples and processes to plan, assess and differentiate instruction, she enables teachers to design lessons and units so that all students achieve to their highest potential.”

Lori Musso, Curriculum Services Administrator
San Mateo County Office of Education, CA

“This practical and timely book prepares the practitioner to take concrete steps to align curriculum with the CCSS. This resource provides a lot of practical tools and advice for stepping up our work in the elementary grades.”

Rochelle DeMuccio, Coordinator, English Language Arts and Reading
Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Dix Hills, NY

Curriculum changed.

Dr Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs
Literacy and Special Education, The College of Saint Rose
April 6, 2014
Key features
  • Provides an overview of the layout, key benefits, and rationale for each of the ELA common core standards.
  • Presents a comprehensive plan for designing effective curriculum around the standards that can serve as a model for educators tasked with either revising existing curriculum to align to the CCSS or creating an entirely new ELA curriculum.
  • Includes templates and examples of unit curriculum maps for readers to reproduce

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