Common Core Curriculum: English, Grades K-5

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Common Core's English resources empower educators to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and build essential content knowledge for students in grades K-5. Each grade in The Wheatley Portfolio features a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic units that engage students in deep study of worthwhile texts and topics.Features of this book include:

  • Six thematic units for each grade, ...
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Overview

Common Core's English resources empower educators to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and build essential content knowledge for students in grades K-5. Each grade in The Wheatley Portfolio features a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic units that engage students in deep study of worthwhile texts and topics.Features of this book include:

  • Six thematic units for each grade, each centered on a curated collection of literary and informational texts
  • Focus standards for each unit that complement the topic and promote student mastery of essential literacy skills
  • Suggested texts and activities to incorporate science, art, and history into English instruction

This revised second edition includes a sample text study that guides students through a close read of an exemplary text, updated web resources, and refreshed suggested works. Educators who create their curriculum based on Common Core's Wheatley Portfolioguarantee that students are exposed to content-rich instruction and have ample opportunity to master the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills articulated in the CCSS for ELA.

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Common Core is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to advocate for a content-rich liberal arts education in America's K-12 schools. To improve education in America, Common Core creates curriculum tools and also promotes programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences. Common Core is not affiliated with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information, go to www.commoncore.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Carol Jago vii

From the Writers xi

Introduction by Lynne Munson xiii

How to Use the Common Core Curriculum: English xvii

Reading Foundations: A Pacing Guide for Reading Instruction xxi

Kindergarten 1

Unit 1 A Colorful Time with Rhythm and Rhyme 3

Unit 2 Tell a Story, 1-2-3 15

Unit 3 Exploring with Friends in the Neighborhood 25

Unit 4 America: Symbols and Celebrations 35

Unit 5 The Great Big World 45

Unit 6 Wonders of Nature: Plants, Bugs, and Frogs 55

Grade 1 63

Unit 1 Alphabet Books and Children Who Read Them 65

Unit 2 The Amazing Animal World 75

Unit 3 Life Lessons 85

Unit 4 Winds of Change 95

Unit 5 American Contributions 105

Unit 6 Around the World with a Glass Slipper 115

Grade 2 123

Unit 1 A Season for Chapters 125

Unit 2 The Wild West 137

Unit 3 Building Bridges with Unlikely Friends 147

Unit 4 A Long Journey to Freedom 157

Unit 5 Hand-Me-Down Tales from Around the World 167

Unit 6 Taking Care of Ourselves 177

Grade 3 187

Unit 1 Stories Worth Telling Again and Again 189

Unit 2 Inspired by the Sea 199

Unit 3 Creative, Inventive, and Notable People 209

Unit 4 The People, the Preamble, and the Presidents 219

Unit 5 A Feast of Words on a Planet Called Earth—and Beyond 231

Unit 6 Fantastic Adventures with Dragons, Gods, and Giants 243

Grade 4 253

Unit 1 Tales of the Heart 255

Unit 2 Literature Settings: Weather or Not 269

Unit 3 Animals Are Characters, Too: Characters Who Gallop, Bark, and Squeak 281

Unit 4 Revolutionaries from the Past 295

Unit 5 Stories of the Earth and Sky 307

Unit 6 Literary Heroes 319

Grade 5 331

Unit 1 Playing with Words 333

Unit 2 Renaissance Thinking 343

Unit 3 Clues to a Culture 355

Unit 4 America in Conflict 365

Unit 5 Exploration, Real and Imagined 377

Unit 6 Coming of Age 391

Sample Text Study

Amos & Boris by William Steig 405

Who Is Common Core 415

Acknowledgments 416

Index of Suggested Works 417

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