The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project Lorraine Griffith, Lead Writer for Grades K-3. What is Common Core?. Common Core is a non-profit organization working to keep the full range of liberal arts and sciences in our public schools. Common Core was founded in 2007.
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The Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts …
The 2010 Maps …
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Explore a grade level of choice as we walk through the features of each unit.
Each unit is comprised of the same elements.
An overview is a brief description of the unit. It explains the theme of the unit and provides a summary of what students will learn.
The essential questions highlight the usefulness, the relevance, and the greater benefit of a course or unit. They are often the “so what?” questions about material covered.
The focus standards are taken directly from the CCSS and have been identified as especially important for the unit. Each grade includes a standards checklist that illustrates which standards are addressed in which units..
The suggested works are substantial lists of suggested literary and informational texts. They draw heavily from the “exemplar texts” listed in the CCSS.
The art, music and media section lists works of visual art, music, film and other media that reflect the theme of the unit and that a teacher can use to extend students’ knowledge in these areas.
Sample activities and assessments have been written for each unit, with specific standards and often with specific texts in mind. Each activity addresses at least one CCSS standard. These activities are suggestions for teachers. They do not represent a prescribed sequence.
Reading foundations are included in our Kindergarten and first grade maps. They include a pacing guide of instructional goals for the teaching of the CCSS reading foundations. We plan to extend the pacing guides to grades two and three.
The additional resources section includes links to lesson plans, other student activities and sources for more information about topics covered in the unit..
The terminology section cites concepts and terms that are critical to the unit.
The sample lesson plans aresupplementary documents that outline a sequence of lessons for using one or more suggested unit texts to meet focus standards.
Making interdisciplinary connections is included only in our maps for the elementary grades. Here we broadly list the content areas the unit covers and then suggest opportunities for making interdisciplinary connections between the ELA content in the unit to other subjects including science, history, civics, geography and the arts.