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Common Core Curriculum: English, Grades 9–12. 2nd Edition. Common Core English: The Wheatley Portfolio

  • ID: 2785569
  • Book
  • July 2014
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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 9 12. 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:

  • Four to 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: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (1483 1520), The School of Athens, 1510 1512, Fresco.
Photo: Scala / Art Resource, NY

How is learning connected to the past? 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. This fresco was painted by Raphael, considered alongside Michelangelo and da Vinci to be among the most accomplished painters of the High Renaissance. The work depicts a fictional gathering of ancient Greek philosophers presided over by Plato and Aristotle, at center. The painting is a beautiful reminder that high school marks the start of what should be a lifelong project: understanding the breadth and depth of knowledge that has come before us.

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.

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Foreword by Carol Jago vii

From the Writers xi

Introduction by Lynne Munson xiii

How to Use the Common Core Curriculum: English xvii

Grade 9 1

Unit 1 Literary Elements and the Short Story 3

Unit 2 The Novel Honor 13

Unit 3 Poetry Beauty 23

Unit 4 Drama Fate 39

Unit 5 Epic Poetry Heroism 51

Unit 6 Literary Nonfiction Reflection (the Memoir, the Essay, and the Speech) 61

Grade 10 71

Unit 1 World Literature: Latin and Central America 73

Unit 2 World Literature: Asia 87

Unit 3 World Literature: Africa and the Middle East 101

Unit 4 World Literature: Russia 115

Grade 11 127

Unit 1 The New World 129

Unit 2 A New Nation 139

Unit 3 American Romanticism 149

Unit 4 A Troubled Young Nation 161

Unit 5 Emerging Modernism 173

Unit 6 Challenges and Successes of the Twentieth Century 185

High School Research and the Senior Research Paper 197

Grade 12 199

Unit 1 European Literature: Middle Ages 201

Unit 2 European Literature: Renaissance and Reformation 215

Unit 3 European Literature: Seventeenth Century 225

Unit 4 European Literature: Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century 237

Unit 5 European Literature: Nineteenth Century 249

Unit 6 European Literature: Twentieth Century 263

Sample Text Study

First Inaugural Address by Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933 275

Appendix: Scoring Rubric 287

Who Is Common Core 289

Acknowledgments 291

Index of Suggested Works 293

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Great Minds
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