Text List for P-12 ELA
The Text List for P-12 ELA contains all the full-length books, articles, excerpts and other texts to be used in the ELA curriculum modules on EngageNY. This document is in Excel format and contains columns that can be easily filtered by Grade, Module/Domain, Title and Author. It also explains, wherever possible, whether a text is a full-length text, an article, or an excerpt of a longer work. In addition, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has included information about where the text can be purchased or located online if the text is in the public domain. Please note that, in several instances, published links to copyrighted texts are provided; these should be used for previewing and planning purposes only, not for reproduction in an instructional context.
While this document will be periodically updated as the modules are completed and posted to reflect the most current information from our curriculum vendors, the information here can help inform purchasing decisions in order to be prepared for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, while the list of texts for modules already posted will remain as it is articulated herein, it is possible that the amount of text that is used or the way and time that texts are used may be augmented as curriculum writing continues.
The curricular materials posted on EngageNY.org do and will include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material (as opposed to reading material created for instructional / assessment purposes only) may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.
In addition, there may be instances in which texts repeat across different grade levels. This is intentional: Texts can serve different functions across different grades, and particular texts are especially worthy of revisiting with intent of making connections with other texts and content areas.
As always, curricular decisions - including the use of the texts in this list - are made at the local level.
Text List for 9-12 ELA
The Text List for 9-12 ELA contains the texts to be used in the forthcoming modules for Grades 9-12 in English Language Arts. The texts in this list (also included in the Text List P-12 resource) are organized into 4 modules, although it should be noted that as the modules are developed, some texts may shift into 'optional' modules 2A and 3A[i] and other texts may be only used in extension activities and/or assignments. As the modules are developed and released on EngageNY, this list will be updated and linked to the modules.
Process for development of the 9-12 Text List
In order to develop this list, NYSED partnered with experts in High School English Language Arts and Literacy from across the state and country. The goal of this project was to draft a list of texts that could form the foundation of CCSS-aligned 9-12 ELA module development. The list was vetted by both NYSED content specialists and external experts, including Student Achievement Partners.
Regarding the 9-12 Text List, Student Achievement Partners gave this statement of support:
The 9th through 12th grade ELA frameworks for model curriculum design developed by NYS signals a fresh approach to Common Core State Standards curriculum. These frameworks were developed by secondary school ELA specialists and offer rich possibilities for aligning texts and curricula with the Common Core State Standards. The texts are varied and offer multiple implementation choices to teachers, schools and students. Student Achievement Partners vetted the text selections for qualitative and quantitative complexity and for Common Core alignment. The modules are designs worthy of close attention and study by other curriculum designers, states and districts.
Balance of Informational and Literary Texts in the 9-12 Text List
The Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts make up a broad set of literacy expectations for students (see page2 of the CCSS for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.) The CCSS for ELA define literacy as integrated comprehension, analysis, and communication of information gleaned from reading, regardless of the text type. In ELA classrooms students should encounter a true balance of text types to ensure that they are reaching the standards articulated for each grade/ grade band.
While the raw numbers of nonfiction/ fiction on this list may appear, in certain segments, to skew more strongly towards one or the other, it is understood and expected that as the modules are developed the balance demanded by the Common Core will be manifested via instructional time spent on the texts over the year, not on the numbers of texts read in each text type.
Connections with Social Studies/Other Content Areas
The inclusion and incorporation of literary non-fiction texts and seminal historical documents alongside great works of literature are explicitly called for in the CCSS. This allows for rich and engaging connections with Social Studies and other content areas. As the modules are developed and completed, areas of opportunity for collaboration and connection across content areas will be explicitly called out. This will also be true of the Odell Education Developing Core Proficiencies ELA units that are being developed separately as an additional curricular resource for 6-12 ELA.
[i] Both Module 2 and Module 3 will provide two options from which to choose, A and B. Of the six modules, a teacher would follow Module 1, followed by either Module 2A or 2B, then either 3A or 3B, then Module 4, for a total of four.