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Mapping Comprehensive Units to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, K-5 (2012, Corwin Press) and 6-12 (2013, Corwin Press)

Your blueprint for skilled standards-based literacy alignment!

Learn to artfully navigate Common Core - OR ANY STATE/PROVINCE - standards with concrete, step-by-step instruction from master teacher and curriculum specialist, Kathy Tuchman Glass. Confidently map a unit of study aligned to rigorous, evidence-based writing and reading requirements. Dive into in-depth analyses of informational text with supporting essential questions. Glass walks you through the entire process of how to devise a unit of instruction with manageable chunks that eliminate overwhelm.

Chapters include thorough explanations, step-by-step exercises, and detailed templates, assessments, charts, tips, and prompts centered around key components for unit design.

Teachers, curriculum committees, grade level teams, PLCs, and professional development leaders will learn to:

  • Challenge and engage students in all content areas that must incorporate ELA standards
  • Use existing curriculum and materials to design new, CCCS or other standards-aligned units of study
  • Discern between fiction, nonfiction and information texts; build text-dependent questions; and, facilitate instruction around complex text
  • Build effective assessments aligned to ELA standards
  • Conduct resource-rich workshops and professional development


This all-in-one instructional guide, with a companion website for extra help, improves your professional capacity to create, revise, or critique quality-driven units and lessons aligned to the ELA Common Core. Get the essential blueprint to building high quality grade-level curriculum for skilled CCCS literacy-aligned success with either the K-5 or 6-12 book version.



Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction (2009, Corwin Press)

Develop effective differentiated lessons that meet students' individual learning needs!

Differentiation allows teachers to target student needs and engage all students according to their learning preferences. Designed for teachers who are interested in differentiating instruction, this book provides step-by-step guidance for creating meaningful lessons in language arts, math, science, and social studies at the upper elementary and middle school levels. Teachers of other grade levels; however, can find it useful, too.

Kathy Glass helps teachers develop confidence and expertise in differentiating lessons, units, and assessments and provides a detailed planning template, numerous examples, and reproducibles. This user-friendly resource:

  • Provides an overview of differentiation based on the backward design model
  • Discusses strategies for differentiating content, process, and product
  • Helps teachers organize lessons around guiding or essential questions for students to explore
  • Shows how to take students' learning characteristics (readiness, interests, learning styles) into consideration when planning lessons


"The book provides helpful background information as well as a wide variety of examples of differentiated lessons, resource guides, reproducible templates, and a selection of grading tools ranging from rubrics to graphic organizers."
—Allan Varni, Instructor and Regional Coordinator Division of Continuing Education, University of San Diego


Curriculum Mapping: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Curriculum Year Overviews (2007, Corwin Press)

Create a curriculum overview that defines a comprehensive instructional path for the school year!

Kathy Tuchman Glass, a recognized curriculum expert, leads readers step-by-step through the journey of developing a curriculum year overview or curriculum map. Using this process to delineate all they need to teach in a given school year, teachers can establish meaningful connections between content areas, account for district or state content standards, and personalize their overview with specific information that includes:

  • School adopted texts and related materials
  • Subject-specific resources and materials
  • Interdisciplinary connections
  • Guiding questions
  • Skills and assessments


"After reading [Curriculum Mapping], I felt that I had the knowledge and tools to show my teachers how they might create their own personal 'curriculum guides' and have meaningful collaboration with other teachers to coordinate instruction both horizontally and vertically."
—Margo Gibson, Principal, Jemison High School, Jemison, AL



Staff Development Guide for the Parallel Curriculum (2009, Corwin Press)


Extend the abilities of teachers and students alike with focused training on sophisticated curriculum design!


Complementing the best-selling second edition of The Parallel Curriculum, this all-inclusive facilitator's guide is an indispensable resource for anyone planning, designing, or conducting curriculum development training on the Parallel Curriculum Model.

This easy-to-use workbook offers step-by-step instructions aligned with the content of the core book. Staff developers will learn how to support training sessions to help educators design and implement curriculum along four parallels. Ideal for facilitating book study groups, seminars, and professional development events, the book provides:

  • A complete training program of 53 workshops, including 12 workshops per curriculum parallel
  • Scripts, agendas, activities, sample classroom scenarios, handouts, and transparencies
  • Tools, resources, and strategies for designing curriculum across the four parallels

Staff Development Guide for the Parallel Curriculum is an essential handbook for leading professional training that results in enhanced teacher expertise and a multidimensional, high-quality curriculum that challenges all learners.


"This guide provides clear, intelligent support for teachers and administrators to explore the possibilities that the Parallel Curriculum Model brings to educators and students, and to translate those possibilities into action in the classroom."
—Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parish Jr. Professor, Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, University of Virginia


Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction:
Creating Standards-Based Lesson Plans and Rubrics
(2005, Corwin Press)

Design innovative and engaging lessons and units that produce measurable gains!

This clever new resource takes the reader step-by-step through the curriculum design process: from identifying national and local standards and translating them into user-friendly language to crafting meaningful writing assignments and assessments that effectively reveal student strengths and weaknesses.

Rooted in the six-traits model of instruction and assessment and illuminated by relevant classroom examples, Glass's four-part process shows teachers how to:

  • Identify grade-level content standards for writing
  • Create a teacher rubric with a clear set of criteria for writing assessment
  • Craft a student checklist that guides students through the unit and prepares them for teacher expectations
  • Design lessons that help students achieve success

Replete with tools, strategies, examples and reproducibles, Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction is a valuable resource for any teacher who wants to boost student achievement in writing for any subject and for any grade level!


"This book effectively walks educators through the standards-based lesson design process in a way that is clear, compelling, and achievable while simultaneously building content knowledge and extending understanding."
—Ruth Goldhammer, former Coordinator, Curriculum and Staff Development, San Mateo County Office of Education, CA

Other Recommended Books

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts
by Lynn Erickson

Understanding by Design
by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
by Carol Ann Tomlinson

How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
by Carol Ann Tomlinson

6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades
by Ruth Culham

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide (Grades 3 and Up)
by Ruth Culham

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits
by Ruth Culham

Creating Young Writers
by Vicki Spandel and Barry Lane

Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction (4th Edition)
by Vicki Spandel

The Parallel Curriculum
by Carol Tomlinson, Sandra N. Kaplan, Joseph S. Renzulli, Jeanne H. Purcell, Jann Leppien, Deborah E. Burns

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