At YES Prep North Central in Houston, Texas, teachers work together weekly as creators of curriculum. The charter school, serving grades 6-12, exists to help children from low-income homes complete college and thus rewrite their families' futures. So the lessons and assessments that teachers invent are designed to be rigorous and challenging, and to give students much of the responsibility for their own learning. They also make a practice of sharing their rubrics with students so that the learners clearly understand the quality of work they must produce.
Here, YES Prep educators share some of their favorite lesson plans and assessments with you, in hopes that you and your students may use and enjoy them.
Assignment: Romeo and Juliet literary analysis, grade-nine English 930K
Rubric: Literary analysis 160K
Rubric: Oral presentation 65K
Lesson plan: Appeals of argument, grade-eight English 251K
Student-choice sheet: Layered curriculum on To Kill a Mockingbird 170K
Rubric: Covering multiple elements of layered English curriculum 138K
Rubric: Grade-ten history presentation on the Crusades 154K
Lesson plan: International trade, grade-ten history 178K
Quiz: International trade, grade-ten history 146K
Assignment and rubric: Inspirational video with music 343K
Assignment and rubric: Digital photography 141K
Assignment and rubric: Building a Web page 199K
Lesson plan: Weekly plan for multimedia class 193K
Unit plan: The Great Gatsby, grade-11 English 439K
Unit plan: Choice and consequences, grade-ten English 555K
Unit plan: Experimental design and the cell, grade-seven science 560K
Unit plan: How trade changed the world, grade-ten history 537K
Unit plan: Systems of linear equations, Algebra 1 505K
Unit plan: Foundations of geometry 270K
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