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Where have you started with teaching the ELA Standards? How will you organize your time throughout the year to ensure students have ample opportunity to master the standards?

Oct 14, 2013 12:05am

  • English Language Arts
  • 3-5
  • Common Core / Planning


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    • Oct 15, 2013 5:10am

      It all depends on what class and what grade. All of my lesson plans have the anchor standards and thread standards on the top, so I know what standards I do, and what I have done. I also write a list and make sure that I cover all of them for the particular grade.

      I also asked other teachers, since we are all working together,to address some of the language and discussion oriented standards in their classes too, along with the gym teacher helping out by assigning a text for his students as well.

      I also note how long each lesson plan takes and generally, all are approximately 50 minutes long, with a few taking up two or three class periods.

      • Oct 15, 2013 5:42am


        In my district, we spent a lot of time examining and unpacking the standards and then created an Essential Course of Study aligning our curriculum to the standards. We discovered a number of gaps this way, so we then filled those gaps in. Now, when teachers follow the ECOS, they know that students will spiral through the standards. We left only the essential knowledge in, to build time for reteaching and/or enrichment work. I wrote a blog post about this work here:

        Hope this helps.