Common Core English, Grades K-5 The Wheatley Portfolio

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2014-04-07
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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The first books to present specific guidance for teaching the Common Core State Standards

Forty-three states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have signed on to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The need for curriculum guides to assist teachers in helping students meet these standards has become imperative. Created by teachers, for teachers, the research-based curriculum maps in this book present a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic units for teaching the skills outlined in the CCSS for English language arts in Grades K-5.

  • Each grade is broken down into six units that include focus standards, suggested works, sample activities and assessments, lesson plans, and more.
  • Teachers can use the maps to plan their year and craft their own more detailed lesson plans.
  • The maps address every standard in the CCSS, yet are flexible and adaptable to accommodate diverse teaching styles.

 In this thorougly updated second edition:

  • Referenced out of print books have been exchanged with newer titles
  • Several web resources have been changed or updated
  • A sample text study is now included

Any teacher, school, or district that chooses to follow the Common Core maps can be confident that they are adhering to the standards.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Carol Jago)   

Written by Teachers, for Teachers     

Introduction (Lynne Munson)   

How to Use the Common Core Curriculum Maps  

Reading Foundations: A Pacing Guide for Reading Instruction 


Unit 1 A Colorful Time with Rhythm and  Rhyme    

Unit 2 Tell a Story, 1-2-3

Unit 3 Exploring with Friends in the Neighborhood         

Unit 4 America: Symbols and Celebrations  

Unit 5 The Great Big World     

Unit 6 Wonders of Nature: Plants, Bugs, and Frogs         

Grade 1     

Unit 1 Alphabet Books and Children Who Read Them    

Unit 2 The Amazing Animal World    

Unit 3 Life Lessons         

Unit 4 Winds of Change 

Unit 5 American Contributions 

Unit 6 Around the World with a Glass Slipper       

Grade 2     

Unit 1 A Season for Chapters   

Unit 2 The Wild West     

Unit 3 Building Bridges with Unlikely Friends       

Unit 4 A Long Journey to Freedom    

Unit 5 Hand-Me-Down Tales from Around the World      

Unit 6 Taking Care of Ourselves        

Grade 3     

Unit 1 Stories Worth Telling Again and Again       

Unit 2 Inspired by the Sea        

Unit 3 Creative, Inventive, and Notable People     

Unit 4 The People, the Preamble, and the Presidents       

Unit 5 A Feast of Words on a Planet Called Earth—and Beyond         

Unit 6 Fantastic Adventures with Dragons, Gods, and Giants    

Grade 4     

Unit 1 Tales of the Heart

Unit 2 Literature Settings: Weather or Not  

Unit 3 Animals Are Characters, Too: Characters Who Gallop, Bark, and Squeak        

Unit 4 Revolutionaries from the Past  

Unit 5 Stories of the Earth and Sky    

Unit 6 Literary Heroes    

Grade 5     

Unit 1 Playing with Words       

Unit 2 Renaissance Thinking    

Unit 3 Clues to a Culture

Unit 4 America in Conflict        

Unit 5 Exploration, Real and Imagined        

Unit 6 Coming of Age     

Text Study: Amos & Boris        

About Common Core      


Index of Suggested Work

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