The Wheatley Portfolio
Common Core s English resources empower educators to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and build essential content knowledge for students in grades 6 8. Each grade in The Wheatley Portfolio features a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic units that engage students in deep study of worthwhile texts and topics.
Features of this book include:
- Six thematic units for each grade, each centered on a curated collection of literary and informational texts
- Focus standards for each unit that complement the topic and promote student mastery of essential literacy skills
- Suggested texts and activities to incorporate science, art, and history into English instruction
This revised second edition includes a sample text study that guides students through a close read of an exemplary text, updated web resources, and refreshed suggested works. Educators who create their curriculum based on Common Core s Wheatley Portfolio guarantee that students are exposed to content–rich instruction and have ample opportunity to master the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills articulated in the CCSS for ELA.
On the Cover: Winslow Homer (1836 1910), The Gulf Stream, 1899, Oil on canvas.
Image copyright: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY
How do writers and artists help us to understand ourselves as individuals? Common Core takes advantage of every opportunity to build students cultural literacy. That is why the cover of each book we publish is illustrated with an important work of painting, sculpture, or architecture. We select images that we know students will love to look at again and again. These works relate to ideas taken up in the book. The Gulf Stream is among Homer s final works. Critics and scholars have speculated widely about the painting s meaning, suggesting it was meant to be an allegory about fate, or a statement about civil rights. Homer never assigned a message to the work. At least one interpretation seems clear that Homer was intent to depict man as an individual. The pleasures and burdens of individualism is a theme explored in numerous literary and non–fiction works that are the focus of this volume.
Common Core, Inc. (commoncore.org) is a non–profit organization formed in 2007 to advocate for a content–rich liberal arts education in America s K 12 schools. To improve education in America, Common Core creates curriculum materials, conducts professional development, and also promotes programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences. Common Core, Inc. is not affiliated with the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Foreword by Carol Jago v
From the Writers ix
Introduction by Lynne Munson xi
How to Use the Common Core Curriculum: English xv
Grade 6 1
Unit 1 I Won t Grow Up 3
Unit 2 Folklore: A Blast from the Past 13
Unit 3 Embracing Heritage 25
Unit 4 Courageous Characters 35
Unit 5 Figure It Out 47
Unit 6 Winging It 59
Grade 7 69
Unit 1 Characters with Character 71
Unit 2 Perseverance 83
Unit 3 Courage in Life and in Literature 97
Unit 4 Survival in the Wild 111
Unit 5 Science or Fiction? 121
Unit 6 Literature Reflects Life: Making Sense of Our World 131
Grade 8 141
Unit 1 Urban Settings in America: It Happened in the City 143
Unit 2 Rural Settings in North America: It Happened in the Country 153
Unit 3 Looking Back on America 165
Unit 4 Authors and Artists 179
Unit 5 Dramatically Speaking 193
Unit 6 The Road Not Taken 203
Sample Text Study
A Midsummer Night s Dream by William Shakespeare 215
Who Is Common Core 225
Index of Suggested Works 227