EDSITEment + Common Core

Common Core adopted

As the holidays approach, hardworking teachers all over the nation are utilizing this time to finalize their winter and spring lesson planning. EDSITEment can help!

As forty-five states, the District of Columbia, and four territories move towards adopting Common Core, we would like to take this opportunity to direct you to multiple resources available through EDSITEment that will aid any teacher transitioning to and/or already instituting Common Core standards. According to the mission statement of the Common Core State Standards initiative, “The Common Core State Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”

Click here to be directed to an example of how a teacher may tailor an EDSITEment lesson plan to satisfy the expectations of the Common Core while meeting the diverse needs of students in the classroom. The link explores an integral work for the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Another example of lesson plan for an important work in the ELA curriculum, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” can be found here.

Here you will find various blog posts written especially for EDSITEment’s weekly blog, Closer Readings, which discuss how one may adapt the resources available on EDSITEment to meet Common Core standards. Posts examine such authors as William Faulkner (As I Lay Dying) and Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), as well as topics such as teaching the U.S. Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, and the struggle for Civil Rights. For those instructors particularly interested in Mark Twain, here is a lesson intended to deepen students’ understanding of his style and humor. The lesson offers a close reading of his story “The Celebrate Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Students and teachers will discover how Twain “masterfully combined the vibrant storytelling tradition rooted in folk tale, fable, and gossip with the calculated literary devices of satire, irony, and wit.”

Interested in incorporating the reading of rich nonfiction texts into your STEM classroom? Here is a full lesson plan, Galileo: Revealing the Universe, complete with primary-source readings, activities, and assessments, all aligned to Next Generation science standards as well as the Common Core.

Along with providing lesson plans tailored towards literature, history, and other humanities subjects, EDSITEment provides resources for instructors aiming to help improve their students’ research skills. Click here to be directed to a Closer Readings post that guides teachers in making the most of EDSITEment as well as NEH-funded resources to sharpen a student’s ability to analyze data, especially regarding history.