The Common Core Standards Across the Curriculum
As of January 2014 forty-five states, including Illinois, had adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for education grades K-12. Teachers and administrators already are familiar with creating standards-based curriculum and are aligning their programs with the CCSS across content and grade levels.
Infusing real life issues into these standards-aligned curricula IS NOT a mandate to re-tool the entire curriculum or an add-on to an already full program. The CIRLI model IS another tool in the teacher’s toolbox, one that can be readily used to incorporate relevance and real-life learning into lessons and units across the K-12 curriculum consistent with existing learning objectives based on the CCSS.
According to its Mission statement,
"the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers."
Not only are high-level skills explicitly required for students in English Language Arts and math but literacy skills in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, and Writing are also required in grades 6-12. Students who are college and career-ready need to demonstrate complex reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills across content areas in addition to mathematical "processes and proficiencies." The Illinois State Board of Education website provides additional, extensive information about the Core Standards, assessments, diverse learners and resources. The CIRLI model can have a seamless role in the implementation of these skills for all students in all K-12 grade levels.
Current and Future K-12 Teachers
These guidelines are for in-service and pre-service teachers. The format below will help you write a Real Life Issues Curriculum Infusion lesson plan for your K-12 class. Use the worksheet and sample lesson plans. They are excellent tools to help you produce a CI lesson plan for your class.
To download a K-12 lesson plan worksheet click here.
For Incorporation of Evidence Based Strategies & Examples of Instructional Activities click here.
Kindergarten – High School
Examples: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, etc.
ILLINOIS LEARNING STANDARDS
Describe which Illinois Learning Standard (ILS) you will follow.
Link for specific ILS in your subject area: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/ils/
To infuse real life issues prevention into your subject lesson.
In what ways will this lesson encourage substance abuse, bullying, violence, social ostracism, and/or HIV/AIDS prevention? For Example: Will it encourage prevention by…
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
Are their materials and/or resources that you will need to bring in as a part of your instructional strategy?
Will your prevention lesson be taught in a concentrated block or spread over the course?
INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES/ ACTIVITIES
Describe the active learning instructional methods. How do you plan to encourage active student participation?
Be specific about assignments, reading, papers, movies, simulations, case studies, role plays, debates, discussions topics, small group activities, etc.
What techniques or forms of assessment will you use to evaluate the effectiveness of this lesson?
Free 5 CPDU online workshop through Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Education
Integrate pressing life issues into classes across the curriculum to effectively engage students in learning and support social emotional growth
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