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The East Meadow School District will be adopting the Common Core Curriculum Standards in Literacy and English Language Arts. The English teachers will incorporate these standards into their unit design to ensure texts are aligned with the complex requirements outlined in the standards. Within this unit, a collection of texts have been selected as our anchor texts. These texts were selected for careful close reading. This unit was developed by seventh grade teachers from Clarke and Woodland and the AUSSIE consultant. This collaboration will provide curriculum alignment in both middle schools.Seventh grade students begin the year by exploring short stories. Exploring a unit of short stories offers students many opportunities to internalize and apply the knowledge they gain about reading and interpreting literature to the next story they read. They are more frequently exposed to the craft of using language, the literary devices that authors use, and how these can make a story successful or unsuccessful for a reader. The short stories themselves contain underlying themes or motifs that challenge the students to draw broader conclusions from the material, encouraging students to think on a wider level about interconnected issues and themes that run throughout the materials.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2012-02-22.