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Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum

Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum
The Common Core State Standards Edition

Third Edition

October 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin
What students must know, do, and be have always been the focus of curriculum, but creating integrated curriculum that engages learners in ways that can be measured withináaccountability-driven environments has proven increasingly challenging in recent years. In this completely revised and updated edition of SusanáDrake's classic text on integrated curriculum, the author provides a new approach toástandards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Within a framework that allows for multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to curriculum integration, the author focuses on planning assessment tasks, designing instructional strategies, developing daily activities, and connecting big questions to big understandings. á
List of Figures
About the Author
Introduction: Personally Seeking Rigor and Relevance
1. What Is Interdisciplinary Curriculum?
Why Integrate the Curriculum?

Approaches to Integration

Degrees of Integration

A Summary of the Different Approaches to Integration

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

2. Accountability and Two-Dimensional Thinking
What Is Accountability?

What Is a Standards-Based Approach?

Two-Dimensional Thinking

The Know/Do/Be Umbrella

Designing Down

Designing Down and Interdisciplinary Work

Unpacking the Standards

Curriculum Mapping

Benefits of Curriculum Mapping

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

3. Snapshots of Exemplary Integrated Programs
Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, Connecticut: The Stamford HP Catalyst Project

Shelburne Community School, Shelburne, Vermont: The Alpha Program

Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida: Abess Center for Environmental Studies

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network

High Tech High, San Diego, California

Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Detroit, Michigan

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

4. Doing the Groundwork for Interdisciplinary Curriculum
What Is Worth Knowing?

What Is Worth Doing?

How Do We Want Our Students to Be?

The Scan and Cluster: Using the Zoom Lens to Identify the KDB

Creating the KDB Umbrella

Finding the Know

Finding the Do

Discovering the Be

Creating an Exploratory Web

Creating Essential Questions to Guide Curriculum Planning

Creating Essential Questions Across the Curriculum

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

5. How Do Teachers Know When Students Have Met Expectations?
Interdisciplinary Assessment

A Sample of a Rich Culminating Assessment Task

Planning Rich Culminating Assessment Tasks

Assessing the Development of Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings: An Example From a Fifth-Grade Unit

Planning for the Rich Culminating Assessment Task: An Example From a Fourth-Grade Unit

Discussion Question and Suggested Activities

6. Putting the Pieces Together
Designing Daily Activities and Assessments

Creating the Daily Activities/Assessments

The Seamless Integration of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities

Epilogue: Curriculum Integration in the 21st Century
Appendix A. A Completed Unit: Conservation Clubhouse by Cathy Griffin
Appendix B. A Standards-Based Grade 10 Curriculum Unit: Saga of Survival
Appendix C. A Rubric and Reflection Tool to Use as a Guide for Creating Your Own Standards-Based Interdisciplinary Curriculum

"This book offers a fine text that applies the basics of standards-based curriculum and instruction to different approaches to implementation."

Midwest Book Review, October 2012

Very useful text

Dr Janet Baker
Graduate Nursing, Ursuline College
March 27, 2014

Did not address the needed topics for the course.

Margaret Ferrara
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University Of Nevada-Reno
January 20, 2014

Love it! Looking forward to using it

Dr Eric Bull
General Educ Academics Dept, William Jessup University
August 29, 2013

changed from illinois standards to current common core standards

Professor Michelle Walthers
Education Division, Olivet Nazarene University
November 13, 2012

Susan M. Drake

Susan M. Drake is a professor in the Graduate and Undergraduate Department of Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. She earned a PhD in curriculum from the University of Toronto. She has taught at all levels of education. She taught physical education and Health and English for 18 years at the high school level. She worked on school improvement teams at the elementary level and spent one year as an elementary teacher. As well, she was a partner in a private adult education company that provided organizational development, consulting and adult learning courses. Today, Susan teaches curriculum/assessment courses for Masters of Education and... More About Author