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Common Core ELA Lesson Plan Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As a teacher today, you are probably interested in aligning your work with the Common Core State Standards. This lesson provides you with a template you can use for considering your work.

Why Align Your Lessons to the Common Core

If you are a teacher of English Language Arts, you are probably familiar with the Common Core State Standards and their implications for your work. The standards in ELA look at reading as a window into critical thinking and problem-solving, and they also offer guidance for how to relate reading and writing to other subject areas. One of the major focal points of the Common Core is on having all students become better prepared for college and careers by emphasizing depth of thinking, critical analysis, and making connection. Regardless of the age and grade level of your students, working with the Common Core can help them become deeper thinkers who are more prepared for the challenges they will face in their education and beyond. Yet as a teacher, it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to work within the confines of the Common Core without sacrificing your own creativity and pedagogical ideals. One strategy for doing this is to plan individual English Language Arts Lessons with the Common Core in mind. This lesson offers you a template for doing just that. This particular template is quite broad, leaving you wiggle room to work in standards that are relevant to your grade level and the specific content you are teaching. However, it shows you how you can work with the Common Core and meet the needs of the learners in front of you.

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