In the morning Network Team Institute session dedicated to grades 9-12 English Language Arts, discussion focused on understanding the Core Proficiencies Units. These units have been developed in order to help students collect and communicate information that they have gathered from their reading. Teachers have to learn to adapt their teaching strategies to effectively teach these new skills to their students. These units will not make teaching the standards easy, but easier. They also serve as a direct line to helping students better understand the tasks asked of them in the new ELA Common Core Regents exam.
The Understanding Evidence-Based Claims Unit is easily customized to suit the needs of your curriculum. You can use the texts that are included with the units or choose a text that you and your students are comfortable with. Remember that the goal is not to read more texts, but to read individual texts more closely so that students have deeper understanding of the texts. The goal is to teach literacy, not to rush through your curriculum.