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Title: The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project Lorraine Griffith, Lead Writer for Grades K-3


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The Common Core Curriculum Mapping
Project Lorraine Griffith, Lead Writer for Grades
K-3
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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.
  • Despite the coincidence of name, Common Core is
    not the same as the Common Core State Standards
    (CCSS).

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How Did They Come to Create the Maps?
  • They conducted research finding that each of the
    nations that consistently outranks the United
    States on the PISA exam provides their students
    with a comprehensive, content-rich education in
    the liberal arts and sciences.

4
The CCSS and Content
  • The CCSS provides detailed guidelines about the
    skills students should master and even the type
    of content students should master, and about
    levels of rigor.
  • But what it does not providebecause it was
    beyond the mission of the projectis guidance
    about how to pair the skills in the standards
    with content that will actually make it possible
    for students to reach the reading, writing, and
    other goals in the standards.

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  • Are brand newnot old material that has been
    realigned or adjusted to match the CCSS
  • Started with the standards and exemplar texts and
    shaped maps around those guideposts
  • Were developed as the standards were being
    written. Common Core worked in close
    consultation with the National Governors
    Association and the authors of the standards.

The Common Core Curriculum Maps in English
Language Arts

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  • Break down each year into 78, six-week thematic
    units.
  • Are flexible and adaptable, yet they address
    every standard in the CCSS.
  • Were written by teachers for teachers through a
    deeply collaborative process.
  • Dont tell teachers how to teach.
  • Are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates
    Foundation.
  • Are available free of charge.

The 2010 Maps
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The Units
Follow along by going to www.commoncore.org Go
to the maps. Explore a grade level of choice as
we walk through the features of each unit.
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The Units
Each unit is comprised of the same elements.
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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.
10
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.
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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..
12
The suggested works are substantial lists of
suggested literary and informational texts. They
draw heavily from the exemplar texts listed in
the CCSS.
13
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.
14
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.
15
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.
16
The additional resources section includes links
to lesson plans, other student activities and
sources for more information about topics covered
in the unit..
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The terminology section cites concepts and terms
that are critical to the unit.
18
The sample lesson plans are supplementary
documents that outline a sequence of lessons for
using one or more suggested unit texts to meet
focus standards.
Lesson I Topic Historical Background to the Constitutional Convention Objectives Revisit the Declaration of Independence. Recall the emergence of the Articles of Confederation. Explore the criticism of the Articles of Confederation. Lesson II Topic The Constitutional Convention Objectives Identify the principal founding fathers, who were the architects of the Constitution Explore (select concepts from) James Madisons essay Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787. (RI.1, RI.3, RI.6)
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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.

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Whats Next?
  • Common Core will release the 2011 edition of the
    maps very soon.
  • The 2011 edition incorporating feedback ranging
    from
  • Wheres Beowulf? to Why isnt there more focus
    on contemporary literature?
  • Making the writing and grammar progressions more
    pronounced
  • Extending the pacing guide for the teaching of
    reading through 2nd grade
  • Guidance on differentiated instruction

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Revisions
  • Checked balance of informational literary text
  • Added glossary
  • Added suggestions for differentiation
  • Ensured language consistent with CCSS
  • e.g., categories for writing assignments
  • Checked writing progression
  • foundations gt senior project
  • Checked grammar progression

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Whats Next?
  • And enhancing the site to allow
  • Viewers to rate the maps
  • Teachers to submit lesson plans
  • Viewers to submit and read comments
  • Jossey-Bass is rushing out a print version of
    the maps. They will be printed in three volumes
    and offered at a very affordable price starting
    this fall.
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