Grade Level Curriculum Review Process
This week we began our Grade Level Aspire Infused Curriculum Review Process. Each of our ELA Coaches was assigned a specific set of grade levels to review. We then invited each ELA teacher to join our Curriculum Review teams. The principals approved our plan and dates. Whew! The fun was just beginning!
At first blush, this process seemed daunting. By breaking down our complete review into pieces, we are able to concentrate on one Unit per Review night. We planned to meet from 4-7 one night a month per grade level for the next three months. We will completely line out what teachers are expected to complete with their students including which ACT Aspire periodic they will use with their students. After looking at the data, we realized that some adjustments needed to be made for specific classes within each grade level.
For 9th grade, we mapped out our Unit I beginning with the end in mind. We wanted our students to be able to write a researched argument essay on the "Big Question" regarding conflict. We decided to use some of our co-taught Speech classes to help make this possible. All 9th-grade students in our district take Speech for a full year. So, our 9th-grade students will research their essay as they read their texts in English and write their argument as both an essay and a speech. We know that this will be a valuable experience as they will have an authentic audience for their work. Authentic audiences are important to help the students value their work. Videotaping the winning speeches and placing them on our Youtube channel will provide competition and a lasting example for future students.
By including all grade level teachers in the process, there is a clear passion and concern for detail in the review process. This year, our District provided vocabulary @Quizlets for all Academic, Content, and Text-based vocabulary words for each unit in each grade level. In the coming year, we hope to provide one log on for each grade level so that @NoRedInk assignments will be made once and shared across the district. for each grade level. Yes, this does require that every teacher agrees that this is a valuable process. Each teacher will create the assignments for one unit.
Together we are mighty!