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The PLC CFA model vs CCSS unit format

May 24, 2014 11:49am

Our district has pushed the PLC CFA model in which each level creates the same assessments to give students. These assessments isolate standards and strands to see what students know, so we have units separated into short stories, novels, poetry, nonfiction, epic, and research. However, from what I can tell, the CCSS units incorporate elements from all of these sections and brings them together thematically instead of separating it into strands. How do we take what we have and revise assessments to meet the challenge of the CCSS. I feel like the two models of teaching do not really connect in terms of assessments and planning. I need help figuring out how to take what I have and adjusting it to fit the needs of CCSS.

  • English Language Arts
  • 10
  • Assessment / Common Core


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    • Jun 2, 2014 8:39am


      Great question. To align to the Common Core, you can create text sets, but designing thematic units that contain texts in multiple genres. Then, your assessment can be a multi-genre prompt as well. For example, students could write a narrative poem discussing how the themes of the texts are similar and then follow-up with an analysis of how the poem relates to the multiple texts. Since you already have the texts, you can find ways to connect them into sets and then assess students based on particular reading standards and writing standards simultaneously. If you'd like to chat more about this, feel free to contact me at

      Katie Novak