Core Curriculum


While we understand some may already have made decisions and/or are leaning in a particular direction, we strongly believe having information on all options will empower you to respond to questions your teachers, parents, SLTs may present you with.

ReadyGen Updates for 2014-2015

Jaclyn DeForge - Elementary Curriculum Specialist (Pearson)



New teacher guides for all grades

Delivery will begin in July

All materials being uploaded to TeachAbility



• Guided practice in writing

• Additional, direct conventions instruction

• Standards listed for each lesson

• Scaffolded strategies handbook now includes writing support

- Checklists 

- ELL support

• Reading and Writing lesson align cohesively to Performance Based Assessment

- Last week before assessment is practice for the PBA

- Increasingly more complex

Reader's and Writer's Journal

• Additional lines for student responses

• Wider array of possible student answers in Teacher Guide

• Goals related to CCLS have been added to each page 

• Symbols added to pages in K-2 to guide students 

• Note collection tool

- not a traditional workbook

- like information grouped together 

- can be used in any order

Generative Vocabulary

• Benchmark Vocabulary

- Need to understand to read the book and do the PBA

- Chart of words to focus on - for exposure not mastery

• By the Way Words

- Words that can be answered in context

Teacher Guide Features

• Routines

• Graphic Organizers

• Text Complexity Rubrics

• Leveled text instructional plans

Leveled texts can be purchased separately 

Genre and topics relate to units

New Features

• Implementation Guide - comes with materials

• Research 

• Pedagogy

• Vertical Standards Maps

• Scope and Sequence

• Overview of resources for each unit

• What are my students reading? Overview

Assessment Book

• Fluency and Running Records

• Guidance for PBA

• Checklists for students 

Students will have copies of assessment book - no longer necessary to make copies of assessments

Writing Workshop

Why complex text and not a workshop model? 

• Text focused not skill and strategy focused 

• "Whole- small-whole model"

• To read well students need to:

- Read books at their independent level

- Books that are complex

- Books that are of interest

Instructional Shift

• Whole group reading/discussion/response to complex text - includes writing response

• Small group

- opportunity to read independent level text or work with teacher on complex text 

• Whole group writing

- writing in the genre of the complex text being read

Conventions (I/We/You)

• Quick activation of prior knowledge of a convention skill, practice and then application 

• Writing in response to reading

• Daily practice responding to prompts and using text-based evidence 

Student Work - what to display on a bulletin boards 

• Since PBAs are assessments they won't be perfect

• School decision as to whether to put up

Intentional Planning - Backwards Planning

Guiding Questions

• How does this writing lesson relate back to the PBA? To the standards

• Is this a new piece or are students continuing something they are already working on?

• Are students finding evidence during writing or reading

• What part if ethe writing process will they be using

• What conventions will students be applying to their writing

Step 1: unpack the PBA

• Assesses mastery if writing and understanding if complex text (see picture)

• What CCLS are addressed in the PBA?

• How does the PBA align to the enduring understanding, essential questions and module goals?

• Make links for students what writing conventions are necessary to complete the PBA and demonstrate master of the CCLS?

• Compare to what is taught in the unit

• What writing skills are necessary to complete the PBA and demonstrate mastery of the CCLS?

• How does the PBA map back to the task and the rubric? 

Step 2: look at the pacing calendar

• Which part of the PBA does each lesson address?

• Are there any prerequisite skills that the curriculum assumes students already have? How do I plan to address the gaps?

• Use data to drive instruction and address gaps

• Identify which conventions are explicitly taught? How do they connect to thebPBA?

• Are there any conventions necessary for completing the PBA that haven't been addressed? How do I fill the gaps 

Step 3: use data to drive instruction 

• Identify formative assessment opportunities:

• Daily independent writing

• Be prescriptive - use a representative sample not all students

• Which students do you want to analyze

• Which strands Of the rubric will you look for

• Which aspects of the PBA will you look for

• How will you use this data to drive whole class/small group instruction

Step 4: identify the reading/writing connection 

Read Aloud 

• Not an intentional read aloud

• Start with the inside the text to build a deeper understanding

- Peel back layers of an onion

• Don't front load vocabulary or summary 

• Jump right into the text

• Build in some scaffolds but don't explicitly explain

• Do not have to teach everything for mastery - general understanding

Rubrics are tasks specific: 

• Level 4 = mastery of task not above grade level standard

• Mirrors the PARCC rubric

Student data tracker - on TeachAbility

Other information

• Summer Sessions

- Introductory - 3 days

- Intermediate - for 2nd year schools


• Goodwill Visits from reps - can be arranged to clarify and answer questions (do not have to pay for it)

• Professional Development PD can be purchased 

- $3500/day for 30 people


K-2 phonics in Core

3-5 can be purchased separately

Leveled Text Sets 

• Below/On/Above grade level

• 60 titles - 6 copies of each title

• $1700 per set

Online Platform will be ready and rolled out in October

• No additional cost

Help with Materials

(718) 935-5000

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Pearson ReadyGen (Grades K-5)

Overview of ReadyGen

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Expeditionary Learning (Grades 3-8)

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Scholastic CodeX (Grades 6-8)

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Go Math! (Grades K-5)

Go Math! Enhancements

Webinars: March 12, 14, 26, 28 and April 9, 11, 23, 25 REGISTER TO ATTEND at: 

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Connected Math Program 3 (Grades 6-8)

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