High School ELA OER

This group is a space for High School educators participating in ISKME's Fall OER Training Sessions to collaborate, discover, curate, create and share ELA resources.
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Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts

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This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books published for older children and teens that can be used for the text complexity component of the CCS in grades 6-12.* All of the books have been selected based on their literary quality and other components of qualitative evaluation. Many of the books offer sophisticated narrative structures and other characteristics factored into quantitative evaluation. And the list as a whole offers a wide variety of books reflecting diversity of subject matter and style, allowing for a range of choices in matching reader to text and task.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren

A Wrinkle in Time: The Board Game

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This lesson invites students to reconfigure Meg’s journey into a board game where, as in the novel itself, Meg’s progress is either thwarted or advanced by aspects of her emotional responses to situations, her changing sense of self, and her physical and intellectual experiences.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Individual Authors

Primary Source Exemplar: Nutrition and Human Rights

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Joanna Schimizzi

Support for Selecting an Anchor Text

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When designing a text-based lesson, educators must consider many factors that will impact the success of the lesson. One of the most important factors is choosing an appropriate anchor text. An anchor text is the main text that all learning stems from during the lesson or unit. This module will support educators as they explore questions that help them analyze a proposed text.

Material Type: Module

Author: Joanna Schimizzi

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 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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy