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Here are resources to assist in developing Units of Study in Common Core. They are organized into two categories: Background Resources and Planning/Implementation Resources. Unless noted, the links will download a pdf.

Background ResourcesTop of Page

21st Century Skills
  • 21st Century Skills - 4Cs – Lists the four skills needed for being successful in the 21st Century:Critical Thinking/Problem Solving. Communication. Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation.
  • 21st Century Framework - From the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, this explains the framework in terms of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise, and literacies.

  • 21st Century Framework Definitions - Also from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the title of this pdf speaks for itself.

  • P21 Common Core ToolKit – This is a guide for aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills.
Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core Standards
From the International Reading Association
Definition of Enduring Understanding - This one-page document gives a clear definition and example.
Essential Questions - This article addresses the question, "What makes a Question Essential?"

Depth of KnowledgeTop of Page

COJUSD CCSS Teacher Job Description – An expectation of what teachers should be doing as they implement the Common Core along with an article from the Oregon Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

Planning / Implementation ResourcesTop of Page

COJUSD Steps for Developing A Unit of Study  (A Word document)
Unit of Study Plan Template – A Word document for developing a Unit of Study.
Eclipse Sample Unit of Study  – A template to assist teachers in filling out the Unit of Study in Eclipse, our Curriculum Mapping tool.

Grade K – 8 Standards Mapping by MonthTop of Page

Kindergarten                   5th Grade                                        
1st Grade                        6th Grade
2nd Grade                      7th Grade
3rd Grade                       8th Grade
4th Grade
Glad Resource Book
Lesson Delivery Directions – This PowerPoint from TCOE explains the traditional direct instruction model as well as the inverted direct instruction model. Contact Scott Norvell for password information.

Close Reading – Text Dependent QuestionsTop of Page

Step Up to WritingTop of Page

Informative I-Charts

Kindergarten                    5th Grade
1st Grade                         6th Grade
2nd Grade                       7th Grade
3rd Grade                        8th Grade
4th Grade     

Opinion I-Charts

Kindergarten                   5th Grade
1st Grade                         6th Grade
2nd Grade                       7th Grade
3rd Grade                        8th Grade
4th Grade
Progress Monitoring Worksheet – A simple, 4 question sheet to monitor the unit.

Unit of Study Review Form – A form that asks for evidence of the CCSS elements in the unit that address the instructional shift.