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Designing a Concept-Based Curriculum for English Language Arts
Meeting the Common Core With Intellectual Integrity, K–12

Foreword by Lynn Erickson

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December 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin
Designing a Concept-Based Curriculum in English Language Arts features a step-by-step approach to developing ELA curriculum units that leverage student thinking and retention by bringing relevance to skills and facts. Based on Dr. Lynn Erickson's bestselling concept-based curriculum model, the book shows exactly what a concept-based English Language Arts curriculum looks like and guides readers through the creation of their own concept based curriculum.

Guiding the reader, Lanning presents clear guidelines for implementation and sample units from real school districts. If we do not design curriculum so that teachers have an unambiguous picture of how to teach to understanding, the Common Core Standards will become yet another initiative that yields little impact on improving the state of U.S. education.

 
Foreword by H. Lynn Erickson
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Part I. Preparing for Curriculum Design
 
1. Curriculum Matters in Teaching and Learning
Curriculum as the Master Plan  
What Is Concept-Based Curriculum?  
 
2. The Components of a Concept-Based English Language Arts Curriculum
Traditional Curriculum, Traditional Teaching  
From Traditionally Designed Curriculum to Concept-Based Curriculum Design  
The Relationship Between Knowledge and Process  
Understanding the Two Structures  
Support for These Structures  
Providing a Road Map for Instruction  
 
3. Getting Started: Doing the Preliminary Work
Leading Curriculum Change  
Assembling the Curriculum Leadership Team  
Review of Concept-Based Curriculum  
Summary  
 
Part II. An Introduction to the Design Process
Assembling the Curriculum Writing Team  
The Role of the Leadership Team  
Unit Planning Pages  
 
4. Designing the Curriculum: Steps 1 and 2
Step 1: Creating a Unit Title  
Step 2: Identifying a Conceptual Lens  
Summary  
 
5. Designing the Curriculum: Step 3
Step 3: Creating the Unit Web  
Summary  
 
6. Designing the Curriculum: Steps 4 and 5
Thinking and Understanding  
Step 4: Writing Generalizations  
Step 5: Writing Guiding Questions  
 
7. Designing the Curriculum: Steps 6 and 7
Step 6: Determining Critical Content  
Step 7: Determining Key Skills  
Summary of Steps 6 and 7  
 
8. Designing the Curriculum: Steps 8, 9, and 10
Step 8: Designing the Culminating Assessment  
Step 9: Suggesting Learning Experiences  
Step 10: Writing the Unit Overview  
 
Part III. What a Concept-Based Curriculum Looks Like
 
9. What Concept-Based English Language Arts Units Look Like
A Sample Elementary English Language Arts Unit  
A Sample Middle School English Language Arts Unit  
A Sample High School English Language Arts Unit  
Summary  
 
10. Voices From the Field
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

"Lanning makes concept-based ELA curriculum writing extremely comprehensible for curriculum leaders and writers. Curriculum leaders will be able to use this book as a resource to provide training to curriculum writing teams. Curriculum writers will gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to forge ahead in designing concept-based ELA curriculum for their districts. I can envision using this edition with curriculum writing leaders in a 'book study', as a prerequisite to curriculum work."

Rochelle DeMuccio, Coordinator, Language Arts and Reading
Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Dix Hills, NY

"Lois Lanning offers teachers a practical, principled approach to designing a curriculum that will engage and enrich even as it addresses the core skills kids need if they are to succeed in and after school. Her experience and wisdom allow her to see the Big Picture when it comes to teaching kids about the Big Ideas we want them all to grapple with in the course of their time in schools."

Jim Burke
author of What's the Big Idea …and The English Teacher's Companion

Lois A. Lanning

Lois A. Lanning, PhD, is an independent education consultant.  She presents and works with districts at the international, national, and state levels in the areas of literacy and Concept- Based Curriculum design.This book is a natural extension of her three previous best-selling books in the Corwin Press Publisher’s Concept-Based collection, including Designing a Concept-Based Curriculum for English Language Arts (2013), by Lois A. Lanning; Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom (2nd ed., 2017), by H. Lynn Erickson, Lois A. Lanning, and Rachel French; and Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and... More About Author

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