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Curriculum Update for Middle School Principals August 13, 2012. 2012-13: A Year of Transition. Curriculum Redesign. Curriculum documents will include… Big Idea/Overview Essential Questions Enduring Understandings Standards (Common Core and Content) Vocabulary/Terminology

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Curriculum update for middle school principals august 13 2012

Curriculum Update for Middle School Principals

August 13, 2012

2012-13: A Year of Transition


Curriculum redesign
Curriculum Redesign

Curriculum documents will include…

  • Big Idea/Overview

  • Essential Questions

  • Enduring Understandings

  • Standards (Common Core and Content)

  • Vocabulary/Terminology

  • Exemplary Resources

  • Curricular/Cross Curricular Connections


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Curriculum Redesign

  • Principles of universal design for learning are being infused into curriculum

    • Multiple Means of Representation

    • Multiple Means of Action and Expression

    • Multiple Means of Engagement

  • Common Core Standards (literacy and mathematical practices) are being infused into all content areas

  • ELA and mathematics content are being revised.


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Curriculum Redesign

  • All content areas are preparing for transition to a user-friendly online curriculum delivery system

    • Ability for the end user to customize the interface

    • Easy search functions

    • Easy to see what resources have been recently updated

    • Professional (social) networking features such as following other staff, commenting, profiles, announcements, etc.



Transition to ela common core
Transition to ELA Common Core

  • Middle School English Language Arts Units


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Transition to ELA Common Core

  • Focus Areas for English Language Arts

    • Writing

      • Argument (W.6.1/W.7.1/W.8.1)

      • Explanatory (W.6.2/W.7.2/W.8.2)

      • Narrative (W.6.3/W.7.3/W.8.3)

    • Reading

      • Close Analytic Reading and Citing Evidence (RL.6.1 and RI.6.1/RL.7.1 and RI.7.1/RL.8.1 and RI.8.1)

      • Complex text (RL.6.10 and RI.6.10/RL.7.10 and RI.7.10/RL.8.10 and RI.8.10)


Close analytic reading and citing evidence
Close Analytic Reading and Citing Evidence

Grade 6

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of

what the text says explicitly as well as inferences

drawn from the text.

Grade 7

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Grade 8

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Complex text
Complex Text

Grades 6 and 7

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature and literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 8

By the end of the year, read and comprehendliterature and literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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Transition to ELA Common Core

  • Inquiry and Innovation Reading Modules


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Transition to ELA Common Core

  • Literacy Emphasis in Other Courses

    • Writing

      • Argument (WHST.6-8.1)

      • Explanatory (WHST.6-8.2)

    • Reading

      • Close Analytic Reading and Citing Evidence

        • Grades 6-8 History/Social Studies

          • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. (RH.6-8.1)

        • Grades 6-8 Science and Technical Subjects

          • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. (RST.6-8.1)

      • Complex Text (RH.6-8.10 and RST.6-8.10)


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Complex Text

Grades 6-8

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. (RH.6-8.10)

Grades 6-8

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehendscience/technical textsin the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. (RST.6-8.10)



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Transition to ELA Common Core

  • Seminars

    • Intervention Programs

    • ELA Seminars

  • Expectations

    • Continual Assessment of Students

    • Movement of Students Out of Seminars



Transition to math common core
Transition to Math Common Core

  • Middle School Mathematics Units


Standards for mathematical practices
Standards for Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Model with mathematics.

  • Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • Attend to precision.

  • Look for and make use of structure.

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.



Local assessments
Local Assessments

  • Quarterly Assessments

    • ELA*

    • Science*

    • Social Studies*

  • End of Semester

    • Health Education

    • World Languages (Grade 8 only)

  • First and Third Quarter

    • Fitnessgram Health Fitness**

      *Includes Content Reading

      **Not a secured assessment




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