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common core curriculum examples of lessons, units, etcetera

common core curriculum examples of lessons, units, etcetera

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I'm looking for examples of common core lesson plans, units, curriculum or syllabi in an attempt to understand what it looks like or could look like. Anyone have anything? Thanks!

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal

Hi Pam!
Can you tell me a bit more about what you're looking for in terms of grade level, language, etc?

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi Pam!
I think if you can provide us with more information, we can help you find resources. For world languages- there is a great article from the Lnaguage Educator here about integrating Common Core:


and here:


Hopefully this will get you started- any additional information you can give us will help us give you better resources :)

Don Doehla, MA, NBCT's picture
Don Doehla, MA, NBCT
Co-Director Berkeley WL Project at UC Berkeley Language Center

Hi Pam, we have been doing a lot of work at UC Berkeley's Language Center, East Bay WL Project on this very topic. If you could please elaborate on what you need, I am very confident we can give you some assistance! You can respond here on Edutopia, and I will get back to you once I hear from you!

Best Wishes,


Pam McNees's picture
Pam McNees
world languages, California

I have heard some teachers say that textbooks are common core - that we need only add a little bit more authentic sources (an article here or there, etcetera) to meet ccss. They follow the pacing in the text regardless of wether or not students are prepared because X has to be covered in a certain amount of time. In some cases the student assessments and evaluations are done strictly in accordance with the text book (quizzes, tests, finals, etcetera) assuming the text is common core. Somehow this seems 1. an easy way out of having to create new dynamic curriculum 2. a way to make sure everyone is the "same" 3. the opposite of CC and 4. a way to make sure language is stagnant. I am looking for curriculum, lesson plans, etcetera to bring to the table to have a discussion with colleagues. In a sense it is still the battle of the old - text versus the dynamic not that a text can't have those components and a teacher can't try to infuse the text with it

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Pam McNees
world languages, California

Question - Are high schools required by the state of California to have a language textbook? (like math or science). My understanding is that high schools can opt to function without an official text in a world language.

Pam McNees's picture
Pam McNees
world languages, California

Should levels I, II and III of any world language course be driven by AP? In other words should the goal of levels I, II and III be to take AP IV? Isn't AP meant for students who want to go above and beyond what is required by the UC for a world language course? Shouldn't the requirements from the UC be the goal of levels I, II and III?

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Pam McNees
world languages, California

If a textbook was published before 2010 - before Common Core, can it be considered officially common core ready?

Pam McNees's picture
Pam McNees
world languages, California

. If the units in a text do not thread together - from unit 1 to the end - are they common core? In other words if they are a choppy - suddenly jumping from shopping in one unit to Mexican legends in the next with lead in?

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