Margo M. Criscuola, Ph.D.
How they help
Middle- and high-school teachers take pride in creating their own lessons, guided by their knowledge of their students and of their own teaching know-how. Curriculum aids enable teachers to continue to exercise this control over their lessons, while helping them start confidently to implement improvements.
Curriculum aids are scaffolds for teachers. They provide guidance on a new form of instruction or a new way to plan curriculum and assess. Teachers then fill in the framework with their own choices of materials, assignments, and pacing, tailored to their own styles and their students' needs.
These curriculum aids all share the following features:
Curriculum aids are for designed for teacher use. They may include Xerox masters of graphic organizers and sample reading texts for students.
Curriculum aids are most effective in conjunction with Professional Development and School Growth Planning and Assessment.
Read Real Science
Mini-Units on Science Reading
Supplement your reading or science classes with authentic science reading. Teach students how to engage with informational text, and awaken their interest in scientific research:
Read Real Science helps you support struggling readers to read science, with:
Mini-units in Evolution, Biophysics, and Ecology. More under development!
$18/copy; see To Order, above right
Curriculum Unit Plan
Create your own argument units with this flexible plan. Students read model argumentative texts and understand and apply basic concepts of argument:
Read/Write Argument is a complete framework for effective units, with:
$27/copy; see To Order, above right
You Make a Path by Walking on It: Character Skills Through Proverbs
Combine Character Education with Language Arts--Complete Teacher Resource
The vibrant images, humor and directness of proverbs appeal to students far more than preachy stories or abstract advice. Paired with dynamic, interactive learning activities, students understand, apply and reflect on the social and affective skills behind the proverbs, that can help them achieve more in school, at home, and in their communities.
Activities also address key reading, writing and language objectives: Critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary and sentence structure.
You Make a Path fits flexibly into your curriculum, with activities as brief as bell-ringers or as meaty as writing projects. Choose proverbs to complement themes, teach units on specific character skills, or use a proverb each week for a yearlong character-skills curriculum.
You Make a Path comprises:
$27/copy; see To Order, above right)