Although there are many ways to approach the teaching of core standards, the Jordan School District adheres to a process-model which seeks to actively engage students in reading and writing and allows for a broader definition of literacies and texts (Grierson, Nokes, Draper. Re-Imagining Content-Area Literacy Instruction p. 116).
The process model encourages a variety of rich language arts experiences within the context of a universal theme with accompanying essential questions that stimulate reflection and may cause students to re-evaluate and adjust their thinking over time.
As we reviewed the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project (CCCM), we recognized that much time, effort, and money was spent to provide a thematic context within which to teach the standards. Rather than reinvent what has been created, our JSD Middle School Core Task Force utilized these maps but included the following additions: enduring understanding statements; broad essential questions that can be used across the curriculum; and “I can” target statements that help students understand what they should know and be able to do by the end of each unit. In addition to the suggested works in the Core Curriculum Maps, our task force also submitted “on-hand” or on-line resources that support the unit themes.
We realize the materials found on this webpage are a work in progress and encourage our teachers and administrators to offer feedback and contribute additional resources at the bottom of this page. Please bookmark this page for future reference as the maps and resources will continue to be updated.
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JSD Curriculum Maps/Units for the ELA Core State Standards