In order to assist schools and districts with the implementation of the Common Core, NYSED has provided curricular modules and units in P-12 ELA and math that can be adopted or adapted for local purposes. Full years of curricular materials are currently available on EngageNY for grades Kindergarten through 11th grade in Mathematics and Kindergarten through 11th grade in English Language Arts (ELA). NYSED is working with our partners to deliver high quality curricular materials for all remaining grades in both Mathematics and ELA. In Mathematics, full years of instruction will be available for all remaining grades this summer. Grade 12 materials will be available in both Mathematics and ELA in late spring 2015.
Guidance on Integrating Curricular Materials into the Classroom
The optional curricular materials on EngageNY are designed to be adopted or adapted. Educators will find both PDF and Word versions available for their use. Some lessons provide detailed instructions or recommendations but it is important to note that the lessons are not scripts and rather they should be viewed as vignettes so that the reader can imagine how the class could look.
Lessons are adaptable and allow for teacher preference and flexibility so that what is happening in the classroom can both meet students' needs and be in service to the shifts and the standards. If you do choose to make significant changes to lessons, the Tristate/EQuIP rubric is available to help you evaluate the quality, rigor, and alignment of your adapted lessons.
Also, please note that the Math modules include a significant number of problem sets so that students have ample opportunity to practice and apply their knowledge. Educators can help students to achieve deep conceptual knowledge by asking them to complete selected problems that have been designed in a sequential, thoughtful order. It is not expected that all the problems in a problem set be administered, but rather educators can choose from the ample amount of problems provided. Educators may certainly adapt this curriculum using their own judgment regarding student needs and pace of the semester and/or year.
Curriculum materials for ELA subjects are structured into 4 levels of hierarchy. You can navigate by grade, then by various modules within the grade. Each module is divided into units, and each unit is further divided into lessons.
Curriculum materials for Mathematics subjects are structured into 3 levels of hierarchy. You can navigate by grade, then by various modules within the grade. Each module is then divided into lessons.
These optional curriculum materials:
- Support teaching and learning in Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) through Grade 12 classrooms across New York State and provide access to sequenced, spiraled, content-rich statewide curriculum programming and instructional practices that support the attainment of the CCLS and align to the Board of Regents’ strategic goals.
- Include teaching and learning experiences that scaffold P-12 grade levels, are focused on P-12 learning progressions, and project a trajectory of learning standards in each content area (English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics).
- Incorporate curriculum maps, lesson plans, performance tasks, scaffolding materials, samples of student work, and other classroom artifacts. Newly developed modules will provide curriculum and instructional resources targeted to address all learners within any classroom setting.
- Emphasize resources that are planned and developed according to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and are able to be used by all students, including:
- English language learners (ELL)
- Students with disabilities (SWD)
- Accelerated learners
- Students achieving and performing below grade level (up to two grade levels behind through grade 8, and up to four grade levels behind in high school, grades 9-12).
Curriculum modules include:
- Year-long scope and sequence documents
- Module framing/overview documents
- Performance tasks (for administration in the middle and at the end of each module)
- Lesson plans
- Lesson plan supporting materials (class work, homework, etc.)