Designing a core curriculum aligned to Essential Elements embedded in functional activities is daunting.
Kudos to those in the field who stay the course and seek information to support students with the most complex needs.
Students using an alternate curriculum are assessed using Essential Elements. Essential Elements are directly aligned to grade level common core standards.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to work in a high school, with students with significant needs and an amazingly supportive administrative team. My position allows me to utilize literature in multiple ways with a focus on maintaining alignment to the grade level standards and embedding functional skills.
I truly believe that finding and maintaining a balance, in all areas relative to reading, is key. I find a balance between research based kits like Edmark and Reading Milestones and adapted units with literature such as Anne Frank, Helen Keller and the Great Gatsby, directly aligned to the grade level Common Core Standards/Essential Elements. Maintaining the focus on working to align to grade level standards, rather than just common core standards in general is essential.
However, the key to learning, for students with the most significant needs, lies in finding the balance between implementation of instructional strategy and resources. No resource, standing alone, is the answer to meeting the literature and functional needs of every individual learner.
If adapted curriculum would be helpful, I'd be more than happy to share.
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