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I saw in the comments a few days ago someone had asked about how my grade level and I planned for ELA. Well this was our first year without a basal and our county made an ELA unit analysis document that tells us what common core standards they want us to teach, in a 6 week period, with a certain theme. Every grade level has their own. We took these and choose a different text for each week to focus on. We had a list of exemplar/recommended texts to pick from that our state and county had developed.
Once we chose our books based on the themes, our school bought six copies of each book we picked for the whole year. (This is stored in an AMAZING common core book room, more on that tomorrow!) This isn't the only text we read but it is usually the one we start our week with and use for most of the activities. We then took all the standards and broke them into weeks with what we felt would best go with the books we chose. I posted each "unit at a glance" below to give you an idea of how we broke it up. Please keep in mind this was our very first year teaching the CCSS and we will probably make some small changes next year for what worked/didn't work this year and to accommodate specialty weeks (ex. halloween, christmas, etc.) Sorry they aren't very colorful but I had to squeeze so much into each page, I didn't have much room left for anything cute. And since this is just a "glance" I have a very short description by each standard to remind myself of what it focuses on.
You can also see all the "main" books we have read or are planning to read for the year at the top of each chart (I think someone had asked about these books, I'm sorry if I never answered!). If a title is very vague it's because we are reading several books on that topic, usually they are non-fiction.
Well that's our year in a glance for ELA. If you have trouble reading it (I know it's a little blurry), you can download a copy of it, HERE. Let me know what you think or what you'd like to know more about!