Reading Through the Common Core was created in response to the Common Core Learning Standards which requires all students to be college and career ready in the following areas: Reading for Literature, Reading for Informational Texts, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. The specific concentrations of this curriculum guide are the importance of literacy and developing reading skills. Teacher representatives from every grade level in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, 7 – 12, collaborated to determine the most widely read major works for each grade level, and sought to find high quality ancillary resources and to develop lesson plans that highlighted reading strategies for all teachers.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Common core



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2014-08-18.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This 447 page document from Bellmore-Merrick School District contains units for grades 7 – 12 on widely read major works from each grade level. Common Core lesson plans are designed for four novels per grade level, including ancillary resources, activities, materials and reading strategies for all teachers. For example, in grade 8, detailed lessons for Animal Farm are included. Online resources in history, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Stalin, Marx, propaganda, etc. are part of the unit. Standards are cited and lessons are explicit. Materials (with attachments) are provided as well. Procedures and questions are specific and extension activities provide depth of study. Persuasive speech mini lessons, analysis of language via close reading, comparison of literary texts (i.e. Old Major’s speech with Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech), word choice and critical thinking and analysis are included.
Janet Pinto
July 10, 2014

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