Lessons and Units

MCLP LogoThe Maine Content Literacy Project (MCLP), a six-year federally-funded project at UMF led by Margaret Arbuckle, developed literacy-rich lessons and units in ELA, math, science, and social studies for grades 3-12.

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Common Core Aligned Lessons and Units

Lesson Planning Tools —

  • Literacy Instruction Information

  • Lesson/Unit Templates

  • Lesson Planning Guides and Tips

Text Complexity Resources

Templates for Students

Links to Lesson Ideas

Reflecting on Literacy Practice

Common Core Aligned Lessons and Units

These are Common Core aligned lessons and units differentiated by grade level and subject area.

Elementary

ELAMathScienceSocial Studies
Grade 4
Character Development for Deeper Comprehension Unit

Grade 5

America in Conflict Unit Exemplar (pdf)
Grade 4
Fractions Unit

Elementary

Lesson Scenario (pdf)
Grade 4

Erosion and Weathering Unit

Elementary

Lesson Scenario (pdf)
Lesson Scenario (pdf)

Grade 5

Lesson Planning Example
Comparing the Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies (pdf)

Middle Level

ELAMathScienceSocial Studies
Middle School
Lesson Scenario (pdf)

Grade 7
Science or Fiction? Unit Exemplar (pdf)
Grade 8 Geometry
Two and Three Dimensional Shapes Unit

Middle School
Lesson Scenario (pdf)
Grade 8
The Cell Unit

Middle School
Lesson Scenario (pdf)

Grade 8
Ocean Acidification Lesson (pdf)
Grade 6
Citizenship Unit

Grade 8
The Holocaust: Analyzing Nazi Propaganda Unit

Grade 8
The Civil Rights in America

High School

ELAMathScienceSocial Studies
Grades 9-12
Short Story Unit



Using Mentor Text
Lesson Exemplar (pdf)
Grade 10 Algebra II
Solving Quadratic Equations Unit
Grades 9-12 Biology
Structures of the Eukaryotic Cell Unit

High School
Lesson Scenario (pdf)
Grade 11
1920s: A Clash of Values Unit


Grade 11
A New Nation Unit Exemplar (pdf)

High School
Lesson Scenario (pdf)

Instruction and Lesson/Unit Planning

Instruction

  • Aligning Instruction and Assessment to CCSS Standards (ppt) (pdf)
  • Enacting the CCSS Instructional Shifts (ppt) (pdf)
  • Vocabulary Instruction and the CCSS (ppt) (pdf) — Tier 2 and 3 words and content literacy strategies that support vocabulary development

Lesson/Unit Planning

Planning

Guides and Tips

  • Lesson Makeover Template (word) (pdf) – How to embed literacy strategies in an existing lesson.
  • Stages of Gradual Release (word) (pdf) – Lesson makeover tips for gradual release.
  • Text-based Discussion Resources
    • Using Multiple Texts (pdf) – How to, with sample texts and Thinkquiry Toolkit I templates
    • Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions (ppt) (pdf)
    • Small Group Text-Based Discussion Protocol (word) (pdf)
    • Socratic Circles Discussion Protocol (word) (pdf)
  • Protocol for Developing Clear Writing Assignments (word) (pdf)
  • Text-based Argument Writing Made Explicit (pdf) – Includes actual texts and writing templates.

Text Complexity

  • Finding Leveled Text Information (pdf) – Resource List
  • Text Complexity Qualitative Rubrics (word) (pdf) — criteria to judge text complexity from slightly complex to extremely complex.

Templates for Students

  • Developing Short Research Questions (word) (pdf)
  • Mentor Text Coding and Note Taking (word) (pdf)

Get lesson ideas

Search for grade level and content area ideas or register and develop your own lessons on the site.

 The lesson plan pages of the International Reading Association.

Reflecting on Literacy Practice

Are you scaffolding or rescuing? (pdf)


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