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The following components make up the ELA unit plans:
Assessments: Each unit culminates in an assessment that is rooted in the skills assessed on the NYS ELA Regents writing assignments of the Writing from Sources or the Text Analysis. Each unit has additional assessments that test students' reading, writing, and speaking skills within the context of the unit's content.
'Exploring the Theme' Resources: Units contains two different organizations: content and skills. "Exploring the Theme" resources develop student learning around content in literature and literary devices. Teachers have the ability to adapt and modify all unit plans and are encouraged to pair the appropriate texts that address the unit's content, but that are most accessible to their students.
'Developing Skills' Resources: Each unit plan in rooted in reading, writing, and speaking skills that support college-readiness.
Weekly Plans: Adaptable weekly plans are spiraled over the course of the unit with objectives and suggested agendas.
Each of the courses in the New Visions ELA Curriculum includes a baseline assessment. This baseline can provide teachers with valuable information about the skill levels of their students at the beginning of the school year. The student work from this assessment should be examined to provide baseline data for student writing which will inform instructional decisions made by the teacher throughout the school year.
Teachers are encouraged to adapt the rubric to focus on the appropriate skills for their students; however, the skills within each of the rubrics presently spiral upwards from 9th to 11th grade, building up in difficulty from one grade to the next.
The pacing calendar for each course provides a roadmap for the year that includes suggestions for thematic units and skills taught and how much time should be spent developing them in the classroom. Our pacing calendars are aligned with the New York City Department of Education’s academic calendar, but we encourage educators to make a copy of the calendar for the course they are teaching and modify it to fit their district’s calendar.
We encourage teachers to integrate their choice of texts for each of the units. Suggested text lists that fit within each unit's theme and content are linked in below.
Be sure to use the bottom tabs in the spreadsheet to navigate between units.