A few months ago I attended an overview session of the CCSS. Those in attendance were asked to look at the standards and ‘unwrap’ them. With a facilitator, it didn’t seem like an overwhelming task. However, the time allowed was not sufficient to really look at each standard and to even begin to realize how to implement the rigor and text complexity required. There is a built in interconnection with the Common Core and if educators look at subject specific standards only, they will not see how they do connect.
When you look at the Common Core State Standards document, you will find that “the Standards comprise three main sections: a comprehensive K-5 section and two content area-specific sections for grades 6-12, one for ELA and one for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Three appendices accompany the main document. Each section is divided into strands.” (page 8)
Clark County School District has created Wiki-Teacher to aid educators in unwrapping the standards and offering suggestions for lesson plans, unit plans, resources; all created by educators for educators. This is a free resource and registration is needed to access all of the information they have available.
Take a look at Wiki-Teacher and locate the user-friendly search. Use the drop down menu to locate either ELA or Mathematics. Then select your course. Take a bit of time and gain familiarity with the standards for the grade level you teach.
Jeanne Rogers is a school technology specialist and former classroom teacher, with a keen interest in Common Core Standards and as a Florida Master Digital Educator has presented information on the Common Core State Standards for Florida.