CURRICULUM MAPS BASED ON COMMON CORE STANDARDS RELEASED FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK

8.19.10 – August 19, 2010 – Washington, DC – As 35 states have signed on to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) released in June, the need for curriculum guides to assist teachers in helping students meet these standards has become imperative. That need was met today by the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project.

CURRICULUM MAPS BASED ON COMMON CORE STANDARDS RELEASED FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK

 

Free English Language Arts Curriculum Maps Written by Teachers for Teachers

 

 

August 19, 2010 – Washington, DC – As 35 states have signed on to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) released in June, the need for curriculum guides to assist teachers in helping students meet these standards has become imperative.  That need was met today by the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project.

 

Today, Common Core releases for public comment free English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum Maps written by public school teachers and designed for grades K-12.  Public comment will be accepted through September 17 at www.commoncore.org/maps

 

A project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the research-based Curriculum Maps present a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic curriculum units connecting the skills outlined in the CCSS with suggested student objectives, texts, activities, and much more.  More information about the Curriculum Maps is available at http://commoncore.org/maps/index.php/faqs/.  JPGs of Curriculum Maps are available for printing/posting.

 

Map contents are driven by and shaped around the Common Core Standards in ELA.  Every standard is covered in the maps, many more than once.  “Any teacher who chooses to follow these maps would not have to worry about whether they were addressing all of the standards that apply to their grade,” said Lynne Munson, President and Executive Director of Common Core.  “These maps transform the standards into teaching tools that will be both convenient and compelling for teachers, and engaging for students.”

 

The maps will be revised in response to the public comment period and released later in 2010.  However, the maps will remain open for input indefinitely, allowing educators and curriculum experts, and anyone else, to comment, to rate the maps and their elements, and to share their own lesson plans and ideas.  “The maps will be living documents,” explained Munson, “expanding and improving over time.”

 

The Curriculum Maps were written by public school teachers for public school teachers.  More than three dozen educators, with decades of teaching experience among them, drafted, wrote, reviewed, and revised the maps.  Reviewers included Milken Educator Award winners and members of the American Federation of Teachers and National Alliance of Black School Educators.  Several of the educators who wrote or reviewed the maps also worked on the CCSS.  Model curricula and other materials, including the International Baccalaureate curricula and the Massachusetts state standards, were examined during development of the maps.

 

“Embracing high academic standards is just the first step in improving education,” said current National Assessment Governing Board chairman and former Massachusetts education commissioner David P. Driscoll, who served as an expert advisor to the Mapping Project.  “Teachers must be provided with usable, adaptable curriculum tools that can help them move the standards into practice in classrooms, and these maps do just that. And because they are free, they will save states and districts the significant dollars typically dedicated to curriculum development.” 

 

Most grades contain six unit maps.  Each of these free Curriculum Maps contains a list of focus standards taken from the CCSS, specific student objectives, an overview of skills and content the unit will cover, and sample student activities and assessments.  Each also contains an essential question that frames the unit, suggested texts (including CCSS exemplar texts), a list of key terminology, and links to additional instructional resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.

 

And because the CCSS invite the arts into the teaching of ELA, the Curriculum Maps highlight places where the arts, music, and media could be well integrated into instruction.

 

The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project plans for future iterations of the maps to include sample student work and scoring rubrics, to assist teachers who would like to use the sample activities as formative assessment tools.

 

The maps do not prescribe how teachers should teach reading or any of the other material presented in the maps, nor do they comprise a complete curriculum.  They provide educators with a roadmap for translating the Common Core State Standards into instruction, and a resource for developing a more detailed curricula and lesson plans.  The maps empower teachers to be creative, and to adapt the maps to meet their specific classroom and student needs for effective reading instruction and learning.

 

A team of experts advised the development of the maps, including Driscoll, Antonia Cortese, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers; Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and former U.S. assistant secretary of education; and Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center of Education Policy at the Brookings Institution and the first director of the Institute of Education Sciences.

 

Common Core (http://www.commoncore.org/) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2007 to advocate for a content-rich liberal arts education in America’s K – 12 schools. We believe that a child who graduates from high school without an understanding of culture, the arts, history, literature, civics, and language has in fact been left behind.  To improve education in America, we promote programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences.

 

Common Core’s trustees are Erik Berg, a second grade public school teacher in Boston; Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief academic and accountability officer of the Detroit Public Schools; Antonia Cortese, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers; Pascal Forgione, Jr., executive director of the Educational Testing Service’s Center on K–12 Assessment and Performance Management; Lorraine Griffith, a fifth grade public school teacher in Asheville, North Carolina; Jason Griffiths, headmaster of the Brooklyn Latin School; Joy Hakim, author of A History of Us and The Story of Science; Bill Honig, former superintendent of public instruction for the state of California; Richard Kessler, executive director of The Center of Arts Education; Lynne Munson, president and executive director of Common Core; Juan Rangel, CEO of Chicago-based United Neighborhood Organization; and Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and former U.S. assistant secretary of education.

Comments


  1. Kathleen DelMonico

    We have started writing curriculum maps for grades 9-12 using the CCSS and we felt like we were exploring a vast unknown. these examples really help both to assure we are all working with common elements and that we have something to compare with what we are working on; thank you


  2. Angie Rush

    Is there anything for math yet?


  3. Shannon Holden

    I have put all of the Common Core State Standards on Facebook, along with links to cool websites, videos, and free lesson plans to help you teach the standards! Just type “CCSS 2nd Grade Math” in your Facebook search bar to access one of my many pages!


    • marilyn

      Do you have lesson plans for reading literacy and reading informational texts for second grade?


      • Kay

        masteryconnect.com


  4. Kay

    Free website for common core assessments is at: masteryconnect.com

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