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Grade 7 ELA Module 1
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In this 8 eight-week module, students explore the experiences of people of ...

In this 8 eight-week module, students explore the experiences of people of Southern Sudan during and after the Second Sudanese Civil War. They build proficiency in using textual evidence to support ideas in their writing, both in shorter responses and in an extended essay. In Unit 1, students begin the novel A Long Walk to Water (720L) by Linda Sue Park. Students will read closely to practice citing evidence and drawing inferences from this compelling text as they begin to analyze and contrast the points of view of the two central characters, Salva and Nya. They also will read informational text to gather evidence on the perspectives of the Dinka and Nuer tribes of Southern Sudan. In Unit 2, students will read the remainder of the novel, focusing on the commonalities between Salva and Nya in relation to the novel’s theme: how individuals survive in challenging environments. (The main characters’ journeys are fraught with challenges imposed by the environment, including the lack of safe drinking water, threats posed by animals, and the constant scarcity of food. They are also challenged by political and social environments.). As in Unit 1, students will read this literature closely alongside complex informational texts (focusing on background on Sudan and factual accounts of the experiences of refugees from the Second Sudanese Civil War). Unit 2 culminates with a literary analysis essay about the theme of survival. Unit 3 brings students back to a deep exploration of character and point of view: students will combine their research about Sudan with specific quotes from A Long Walk to Water as they craft a two-voice poem, comparing and contrasting the points of view of the two main characters, Salva and Nya,. The two-voice poem gives students an opportunity to use both their analysis of the characters and theme in the novel and their research about the experiences of the people of Southern Sudan during the Second Sudanese Civil War. 

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Reading Informational Text
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New York State Education Department
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Common Core Curriculum Grade 11 ELA: Making Evidence-Based Claims
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Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and ...

Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Program. This unit develops students€' abilities to make evidence-based claims through activities based on a close reading of the first chapter of W.E.B. Du Bois€' The Souls of Black Folk.

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Arts and Humanities
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Primary Source
Reading
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Grade 4 ELA Module 2A
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Students learn about what life was like in Colonial America. They go ...

Students learn about what life was like in Colonial America. They go on to study the many roles people played in a colonial settlement and how necessary their interdependence was for survival. Students select one role to explore more deeply through various forms of nonfiction texts. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, basic research (note-taking and pulling together information from a variety of texts), this module will foster students’ abilities to synthesize information from multiple sources and integrate research into their writing. At the end of the module, students participate in several critique experiences during the revision process as they write a research-based narrative that vividly describes an event in a colonist’s life.

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Reading Informational Text
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Provider:
New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Common Core Curriculum Grade 6 ELA - Making Evidence-Based Claims
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Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and ...

Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Program. This unit develops students' €abilities to make evidence-based claims through activities based on a close reading of the Commencement Address Steve Jobs delivered at Stanford University on June, 2005.

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Arts and Humanities
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Primary Source
Reading
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken (Grade 7)
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As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual ...

As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual information about the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the United States involvement in WWII, and the internment of Japanese in camps throughout the western United States, this lesson exemplar will allow students to participate in critical discussion of two stories that illuminate important, yet divergent, experiences of war and conflict. This lesson exemplar will push students to think critically about the experience of wartime as felt by both soldiers and civilians as they navigated specific trials that were a part of their direct or peripheral involvement in WWII. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
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Reading
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Grade 8)
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This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support ...

This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. This exemplar features the following: readings tasks in which students are asked to read and reread passages and respond to a series of text dependent questions; vocabulary and syntax tasks which linger over noteworthy or challenging words and phrases; discussion tasks in which students are prompted to use text evidence and refine their thinking; and writing tasks that assess student understanding of the text. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Reading
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Provider:
New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Words We Live By (Grade 8)
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By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion ...

By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the questions Monk raises and perhaps even pursue additional avenues of inquiry. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will form a deeper appreciation not only of MonkŐs argument and the value of struggling with complex text, but of the Preamble of the Constitution itself. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
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Reading
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Gettysburg Address (Grades 9-10)
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This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors ...

This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln's speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core State Standards. This unit can be broken down into three sections of instruction and reflection on the part of students and their teachers, which is followed by additional activities, some designed for history/social studies and some for ELA classrooms.his close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
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Reading
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New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Measuring Human Rights: High School Mathematics Unit
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In this unit, students will read and interpret primary sources to address ...

In this unit, students will read and interpret primary sources to address the question “How do we measure the attainment of human rights?” By exploring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN’s Guide to Indicators of Human Rights, and data about development indicators from multiple databases, students will unpack the complexities of using indicators to measure human rights.

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Mathematics
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
OER Commons
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Author:
Tamar Posner
Primary Source Exemplar:  Human Rights, Conflict and Social Change
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The lessons in this unit are designed for an ELA class. They ...

The lessons in this unit are designed for an ELA class. They are intended to be used, if possible, in a collaborative unit with a history teacher using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
Social Science
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Primary Source
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OER Commons
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Author:
Catherine Hart
Primary Source Exemplar: Life on the Move
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In this unit, students will explore the different forms of transportation over ...

In this unit, students will explore the different forms of transportation over time—from the New World and early America, to present day—and their impact on society and the environment (Change and Continuity). They will explore the impact of the different forms of transportation on economics, migration, and geography (where people live and how they adapt their environment to their transportation need), as well as how to become critical readers by gathering information from a variety of primary and secondary sources to understand the impact of transportation on history.

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Arts and Humanities
Social Science
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Primary Source
Unit of Study
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OER Commons
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Author:
brent sackris
Mitzie Higa
Connie Williams
Rachel Hull
Kitty Rutherford
Primary Source Exemplar: Nutrition and Human Rights
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In this unit, students examine the question: How does access to a ...

In this unit, students examine the question: How does access to a specific diet (nutrition) impact human rights? As students explore biological information on how the human body uses food as a source of energy, they will explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) document, to examine the crucial question of how access to a proper diet is related to a person’s rights.

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Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
Social Science
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OER Commons
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Author:
Joanna Schimizzi
Primary Source Exemplar: Progress, Conflict, and Outcomes
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This unit is centered around an anchor text that may be common ...

This unit is centered around an anchor text that may be common among content area teachers in a high school setting. Although this unit may be incorporated into any high-school English class, it is aligned with Common Core standards for 9-10. This unit will primarily focus on informational and argumentative texts, and can be used to incorporate more informational texts (as directed by the Common Core) into English classrooms at the high school level. This unit is best suited to a collaborative model of development in which ELA and content area teachers share an anchor text (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and communicate about how to connect diverse skills to common texts and essential questions.

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Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
Social Science
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Provider:
OER Commons
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Open Author Resources
Author:
Erik Iwersen
Primary Source Exemplar Template
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This is a blank template which provides users with the basic formatting ...

This is a blank template which provides users with the basic formatting to begin building Primary Source based lessons and units. Open this resource and choose "Remix this resource" to begin.

Examples of completed exemplars have been added within the Table of Contents, under "Resource Sets"

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Odell Education
Primary Source Exemplar: The Moon
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Through a study of the moon, students will be guided through an ...

Through a study of the moon, students will be guided through an inquiry process using primary sources to learn how we shape our understanding of the past (history). They will also learn how new discoveries and observations change our perceptions over time, as each succeeding generation creates knowledge and adds new technology. Students will then pose their own questions to wonder how future discoveries or new technology might change our understanding of the world and our universe.

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Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
Social Science
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
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Author:
brent sackris
Mitzie Higa
Connie Williams
Rachel Hull
Kitty Rutherford
Primary Source Exemplar: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Social Science Unit
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This document describes a series of lessons in the Social Sciences, all ...

This document describes a series of lessons in the Social Sciences, all of which are tied to the exploration of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a Primary Source Document. They are designed to be given to 9th or 10th grade students in a World History, Cultural Geography, or similar social science class. They are specifically designed to teach the Common Core Standards for Literacy in the Social Sciences, and to engage higher order thinking skills.

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Arts and Humanities
Social Science
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Primary Source
Reading
Unit of Study
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OER Commons
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Author:
Wassim Absood
Researching to Deepen Understanding
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This unit is in the format of a Compressed File. Files are ...

This unit is in the format of a Compressed File. Files are organized so you can easily browse through the materials and everything you need to print or e-mail for each day. The Materials are organized into three folders: Research Unit Framework, Tools and Handouts, Topic Resource Repositories. Teachers are supported to guide students through the research unit of: initiating inquiry, gathering information, deepening understanding, finalizing inquiry, and developing and communicating an evidence-based perspective.

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Arts and Humanities
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Provider:
Odell Education
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EQuIP Exemplars