Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I Can Common Core!

at 10:35 PM
A few weeks ago I was looking for some help with Common Core standards and "unpacking" them for students. Our district has completed dropped the CASS for English and Math, and is working hard on getting us full engrossed in the new CCSS.

As I'm researching the Common Core standards, there are a few things to I need to remember to consider when borrowing ideas from other blogs, etc. The first is that, while the entire idea behind Common Core is that the entire (really, most of) the country will be using the same standards. In reality, this isn't true. I don't know about all the differences between states, but I do know that California added some parts, and didn't keep others - at least in English. Another big issue is that it's so new, especially in California, that it's hard to find someone who has a solid foundation in the Common Core standards and can give concise instruction, lessons, or help. Another thing I've been encountering is that the majority of teachers who blog and post instructional materials to share are in elementary education.

So. Back to my search. I found a wonderful idea on another blog. They had created lovely instructional materials for Common Core. Basically, they took the Common Core standards and "unpacked them" - they re-wrote them language their grade level can understand. They put them in "I can" statements, so that students could check off the standard/skill once they had mastered in.

I was super excited when I found this site. Until I realized that the site only had documents for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

So I decided to make my own!



I went through and unpacked the California Common Core Standards for English (Reading, Writing, Listen & Speaking, and Language) for 7th and 8th grade.
Then, being me, I formatted them nicely.

I have no problem sharing, so here they are, middle school teachers! If I get really bored or highly productive, I'll work on the high school level. I believe that there is no point in recreating things someone else already did well, and highly encourage the idea of sharing educational materials amongst others in my field. Remember! These are for personal use and are copyright me!

7th Grade:

Writing Standards (1-3)
Writing Standards (4-10)

[They didn't all fit on the same page. I'd copy them back to back.]

Reading

Listening & Speaking

Language


8th Grade:


Writing Standards (1-3)
Writing Standards (4-10)

[They didn't all fit on the same page. I'd copy them back to back.]

Reading

Listening & Speaking

Language


[Edit 9/29/14]: I recently changed the site I use to make downloading these easier for you. Scribd used to be free, but is now requiring payment to sign up at all, so I've switched the documents over to Google Drive for easier downloading and access.

Also, the reason I didn't include RI 10 is because it's the same as RL 10 (and it didn't fit on the page nicely).

Enjoy!



2 comments:

Gina Dearborn on October 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM said...

thank you, these are awesome

fillthebucket on July 17, 2016 at 11:21 AM said...

thank you so much

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