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Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K–5

By: Kathy Tuchman Glass

Foreword by Cindy A. Strickland

This guide for connecting standards to lessons demonstrates how to design effective curriculum units to align with the CCSS. Includes reproducible templates and examples of unit curriculum maps.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary
  • ISBN: 9781452217307
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: April 26, 2012

Price: $45.95



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A GPS for Implementing Common Core Standards

Translating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into an effective curriculum is at the top of many educators' to-do lists, and this book shows you how. Master teacher and curriculum specialist Kathy T. Glass familiarizes teachers and curriculum designers with the key points of the ELA Common Core Standards and demonstrates how to design effective curriculum units to align with them. She provides practical and accessible tools for developing a unit map and for making the important connections among all map components, including differentiated instruction. Also included are:

  • A rationale for each component of unit and lesson design
  • Practical, quality instruments to plan exciting, content-rich units of study aligned to the CCSS
  • Reproducible templates and examples of unit curriculum maps and sample lessons

In addition, this practitioner-friendly guide provides templates, exercises, rubrics, and assessment tools and instructional strategies. A companion website offers helpful online resources that readers can download and use. Teachers, curriculum designers or directors, administrators, PLC members, and others who plan to use the Common Core State Standards to write meaningful and effective curriculum will find valuable navigational assistance from a skilled and experienced professional throughout these pages.

Key features

  • Provides an overview of the layout, key benefits, and rationale for each of the ELA common core standards.
  • Presents a comprehensive plan for designing effective curriculum around the standards that can serve as a model for educators tasked with either revising existing curriculum to align to the CCSS or creating an entirely new ELA curriculum.
  • Includes templates and examples of unit curriculum maps for readers to reproduce


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Kathy Tuchman Glass

Consulting Description

Kathy Glass is a former teacher who consults and presents nationally with K-12 teachers and administrators at schools, districts, conferences, and county offices of education. She offers a blend of professional development (PD) topics to target audiences in areas affecting curriculum and instruction. To deliver customized PD, she assists educators with strategic planning to determine objectives. Then she tailors PD based on requested topics such as, but not limited to:

· highlights of the ELA Common Core Standards

· implementation of the ELA Common Core or other standards-based curriculum using a backward design approach

· essential understandings and guiding questions to frame curriculum and instruction

· differentiated tools and instructional strategies

· pre-, formative, summative, and self-assessments

· alignment of six-traits writing instruction and assessment to curriculum goals

· unit and yearlong curriculum maps

· text-dependent questions to facilitate close reading, and more.

To help educators directly translate what she presents into effective classroom practice that impacts students, Kathy can provide a variety of PD opportunities (e.g., presentations, lesson demonstrations and modeling, coaching, collaborative unit design, etc.).

She is the author of six books: Mapping Comprehensive Units to the English Language (ELA) Arts Common Core Standards, 6-12 (May, 2013); Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K-5 (© 2012); Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction, Grades 4-9 (©2009); Staff Development Guide for the Parallel Curriculum (©2009); Curriculum Mapping: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Curriculum Year Overviews (©2007); and Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction: Creating Standards-Based Lesson Plans and Rubrics (©2005). In addition, Glass has served as a reader and reviewer for Reader’s Handbook: A Student Guide for Reading and Learning (2002, Great Source Education Group) and as a contributing writer and consultant for the Heath Middle Level Literature series (1995, DC Heath and Co). Website: www.kathyglassconsulting.com; email: kathy@kathyglassconsulting.com

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Foreword by Cindy A. Strickland


About the Author


1. Standards and Knowledge

2. Essential Understandings and Guiding Questions

3. Unit Template With Examples

4. Assessments

5. Skills, Activities, Formative Assessments, and Resources

6. Differentiated Instruction

7. Lesson Design

Resource: A Brief Primer on the ELA Common Core Standards





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