Reviewed OER Library

As a part of a legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington conducted reviews of OER in full-course mathematics and units in English Language Arts. Portions of the review results are available on this OER Commons site; however, for more in-depth review information and detailed reviewer comments, please visit the Reviewed OER Library website at: https://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/library Important notes: • This review process was not intended to rank the materials; rather, the results provide rich evaluator feedback on changes necessary to bring the OER resource into closer CCSS alignment. • The results of this review do not represent an endorsement from OSPI as to the recommended use nor adoption of the OER materials that were reviewed. • OSPI does not require the use of any particular instructional materials, including OER, by districts or schools. • Washington school districts have specific local policies and procedures that may govern the use and adoption of core and/or supplemental instructional materials. These should be reviewed as districts and buildings consider OER within their suite of instructional materials and resources. • The results of this review represent a point in time in a continually evolving process of OER materials. The results are intended as a resource for schools and educators, as well as content developers creating materials for those audiences.
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Open Educational Resources Review - 2013

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As a part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington conducted a review of OER in Spring 2013. Full course secondary mathematics (Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1) and 11th - 12th grade English Language Arts units with an emphasis on American Literature were reviewed. The review process made use of existing review instruments designed to gauge alignment with the CCSS. The results from this review will be an extremely valuable tool as educators and content developers tap into the most powerful feature of OER – the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Barbara Soots, Karl Nelson, Porsche Everson

Open Educational Resources Review - 2014

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As a part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington conducted a second review of OER in Winter 2014. For this review cycle, we evaluated full-course secondary mathematics (Geometry/Integrated Math 2) and thematic units in 9th–10th grade English Language Arts. The review process made use of existing review instruments designed to gauge alignment with the CCSS. The results from this review are an extremely valuable tool as educators and content developers tap into the most powerful feature of OER – the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials

Material Type: Reading

Open Educational Resources Review - 2015

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As a part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington conducted a third review of OER in Spring 2015. For this review cycle, we evaluated full-course middle school (6th–8th grade) mathematics and units in 6th–8th grade English Language Arts. The review process made use of existing review instruments designed to gauge alignment with the CCSS. The results from this review are an extremely valuable tool as educators and content developers tap into the most powerful feature of OER – the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials.

Material Type: Reading

Reviewed OER Library

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Online site with in-depth results from the Washington state OER Project's review of open educational resources. Resources were reviewed with the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET), Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products rubric (EQuIP), and the Achieve OER Rubrics. This website houses detailed review results of all rubrics and extensive reviewer comments and suggestions for adaptation.

Material Type: Reading

1900 America: Primary Sources and Epic Poetry

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To better understand the United States at the end of the nineteenth century, this interdisciplinary lesson integrates analyzing historical primary resources with literary analysis. Students work in groups and express themselves creatively through a multi-media epic poem. The artistic models for the students' multi-media epic poem are Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855) and Hart Crane's The Bridge (1930). These epic poets capture, interpret, and give meaning to their particular times and places. Students look to do the same with the year 1900, relying upon relevant primary resources -- sound recordings, images, text, and their own creative and interpretative voices.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Reading, Unit of Study

American Dream and The Great Gatsby

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This lesson extends over several class periods. Students analyze the claim, grounds, warrants, qualifiers and counterclaims in three articles about the American Dream. Students conduct research and find two additional articles about the American Dream. Students then analyze the argument in those articles. Finally, students write their own argument essay about the current state of the American Dream.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

American Literature and Composition - Colonial Literature

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This module on Colonial Literature explore the essential questions: 1) How does the literature in early Colonial America reflect the customs and beliefs of the Native Americans and Puritans? 2)What kind of literary styles did the earliest writers contribute to American Literature? and 3) How did history have an effect on the types of literature being written? There are audio and visual activities as well as readings.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Unit of Study

Character Analysis and The Crucible

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This set of lessons extends over several weeks and incorporates all acts of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible. Students will closely read The Crucible. Students will cite textual evidence and make interpretations about character development. Students will combine the textual evidence with their interpretations and write interpretive statements. In the culminating activity, students will write a character analysis.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Unit of Study

Author: Terry Krieger-James

Critical Ways of Seeing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in Context

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Huckleberry Finn opens with a warning from its author that misinterpreting readers will be shot. Despite the danger, readers have been approaching the novel from such diverse critical perspectives for 120 years that it is both commonly taught and frequently banned, for a variety of reasons. Studying both the novel and its critics with an emphasis on cultural context will help students develop analytical tools essential for navigating this work and other American controversies. This lesson asks students to combine internet historical research with critical reading. Then students will produce several writing assignments exploring what readers see in Huckleberry Finn and why they see it that way.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

English 11 Q1

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From slave narratives to F. Scott Fitzgerald's roaring 1920'sۀEnglish 11 will focus on the unique literary works and themes of American Literature. Our comprehension of these texts will be facilitated by analyzing and evaluating the literary elements, plot, theme, and character development. As part of this course, we will continue to hone writing skills by practicing multiple forms of writing. English 11 will specifically focus writing personal narratives and analyzing literary texts. This course will allow students to make real world connections to literature through project based assessments, the use of the most up to date tech tools, thoughtful group discussion, and formative writing assignments. This is the first of a four-quarter course.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Unit of Study

English 11 Q2

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From slave narratives to F. Scott Fitzgerald's roaring 1920's€, English 11 will focus on the unique literary works and themes of American Literature. Our comprehension of these texts will be facilitated by analyzing and evaluating the literary elements, plot, theme, and character development. As part of this course, we will continue to hone writing skills by practicing multiple forms of writing. English 11 will specifically focus writing personal narratives and analyzing literary texts. This course will allow students to make real world connections to literature through project based assessments, the use of the most up to date tech tools, thoughtful group discussion, and formative writing assignments. This is the second of a four-quarter course.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Unit of Study

CC Tasks: On Behalf of Others (Grades 11-12)

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Task Description: This task asks students to write an essay in which they present and defend their beliefs about doing work "on behalf of others" based on the texts they have explored throughout the unit. This packet contains a curriculum-embedded CCLS aligned task and instructional supports. The task is embedded in a 2-3 week unit on documentary work that focuses on creating records or accounts of events, people, and places that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan

"Picturing" America At the Turn of the Twentieth Century

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Students link together the literature and the history of the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Questions guide students as they study visual documents. Students also read the teacher's choice of two widely anthologized short stories and an excerpt from a best-selling novel of the period. Two exercises will raise student awareness of the impact that visual images have on their lives: one that is based on internet advertising and a second that results in a student-produced scrapbook.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Scott Culclasure

Reading Closely: Lay Down All My Joys

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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about the Civil War. Authors of the short readings include Walt Whitman, Ken Burns, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. James A. Burran, Sullivan Ballou, Jefferson Davis, Harriet Jacobs, Harry Macarthy, and Abraham Lincoln.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Primary Source, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Reading Closely: Life Steps Almost Straight

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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about human nature. Authors of the short readings include Charles Schultz, Viktor Frankl, Buddha, Emily Dickinson, Cornel West, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rene Descartes, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean and Jacques Rousseau.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Primary Source, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Reading Closely: Promised Land

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This unit develops students' abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors' perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about the separation of religion and government in the US. Authors of the short readings include Thomas Jeffereson, Thomas Nast, Justice Stevens, Chief Justice Rehnquist, John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Butler Yeats, and Tom Head.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Primary Source, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Teacher's Guide

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Told through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical masterpiece recounts Jay Gatsby's desperate quest to win back his first love as he struggles to recapture the past. This Big Read Teachers Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through F. Scott Fitzgeralds classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided suggested essay topics and capstone projects, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

The U.S. Constitution: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States

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This unit includes four lessons using primary sources to examine continuity and change in the governing of the United States. Lessons one and two are focused on a study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and provide access to primary source documents from the Library of Congress. Lesson three investigates important issues which confronted the first Congress and has students examine current congressional debate over similar issues. Lesson four features broadsides from the Continental Congress calling for special days of thanksgiving and remembrance.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Teacher's Guide

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Humor, trouble, and adventure follow Tom Sawyer everywhere--from the banks of the Mississippi to the brink of death and back in Mark Twain's first full novel. This Big Read Teacher's Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Each lesson has four sections: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study