This curriculum guide has been written by your colleagues to bring a greater degree of unity to English Language Arts (ELA) instruction in our schools. Aligned with the New York State Standards, it has been organized to offer teachers a logical path to the January ELA assessments.
This guide provides teachers many resources, activities and assessments to facilitate the teaching of the curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to enhance the New York State Core Curriculum and this guide with supplemental materials to support the students' learning experience.
This is a newly designed curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standard’s mandate to focus on the narrative, argument, and informational writing genres (while embedding research opportunities). The curriculum is framed using the Writing Workshop model we feature in our elementary and middle schools, featuring the following steps:
o Immersing the students in the specific genre through reading mentor texts, giving them an opportunity to identify what constitutes the genre
o Having student develop “seed ideas” in a writing notebook that can be further developed into possible writing topics
o Drafting the writing piece based on an individually selected topic
o Revising the draft, using a number of revision techniques, once again highlighted and exemplified by the mentor texts
o Self and peer editing the draft
o Final publication and placement in a writing portfolio that can be moved vertically as a child progresses through the grade levels
There are multiple assignments for each of the three writing genres, ranging from traditional assignments to more nonconventional. This gives both teachers and students options within the framework. A pacing guide is provided as well as charts indicating each unit’s alignment to the Common Core Standards. Resources such as mentor texts, graphic organizers, and scoring rubrics are included to assist teachers in implementing the curriculum.
This curriculum area project focuses on creating assessments for the 8th Grade Module #1, centered on the novel, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. The assessment questions within are listed first, followed by an answer key and the related NYSCC standard(s). The standards addressed within this curriculum area project include: RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.5, RL.8.6, RL.8.9, W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.5, LI.8.1, LI.8.2, LI.8.3, L.8.5. The assessments included also address several of the academic shifts inherent in Common Core Curriculum, including Shift #3 (Staircase of Complexity), Shift #4 (Text-Based Answers), Shift #5 (Writing from Sources), and Shift #6 (Academic Vocabulary). Teachers are encouraged to use the assessments included with fidelity or as needed according to individual instructional needs.