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Building Better Classrooms: Cleveland Teachers Union 

How can teachers prepare for the Common Core State Standards? One way is by using exemplar lessons that focus on the key instructional shifts required by the standards! With a grant from the AFT Innovation Fund, the Cleveland Teachers Union set out to create these lessons. The union recruited a skilled team of classroom teachers to write lessons for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. A national expert reviewed each lesson using the EQuIP Rubric, a widely used tool designed to evaluate Common Core materials. Teachers received feedback on their work and made revisions, polishing their lessons to the highest standards. This school year, Building Better Classrooms will create lessons for students in grades 3-5. We thank our partner, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, for its support of our work.

For more information on the Cleveland Teachers Union, visit: http://ctu.oh.aft.org/

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The Art of Giving - Lesson 7
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
In this lesson, students will conduct a close reading of the poem titled, “The Gift” by contemporary poet, Li Young Li. The TPCASTT strategy will be...
"No Name Woman" - Close Read Pt. 1
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
In this piece, Maxine Hong Kingston explores the themes of silence and voice along with growing up Chinese-American through the technique of a talk-...
Quadratic Equation Lesson 1
  • Math
  • High School
The students will begin by using prior knowledge of solving quadratic equations by factoring and graphing to determine if quadratic equations written...
Quadratic Equation Lesson 2
  • Math
  • High School
Students will continue to identify, compare and contrast equations written in standard form to equations written in the vertex form. Students will...
Quadratic Equation Lesson 3
  • Math
  • High School
Students will begin by modeling binomial expressions using algebra tiles and notice the bottom corner is missing. In which translates to the total...
Quadratic Equation Lesson 4
  • Math
  • High School
Students will begin to solve quadratic equations that can be factored using the technique of completing the square. The outcome of this lesson will...
Quadratic Equation Lesson 5
  • Math
  • High School
Students will begin to continue to solve quadratic equations however, these equations cannot be factored and the leading coefficients will be greater...
Graphing Linear Transformations
  • Math
  • High School
Students will identify and graph the basic-parent linear function; identify and graph the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x),...
Graphing Standard & Vertex Quadratic Functions
  • Math
  • High School
Students will identify the parent function of a quadratic function as f(x) = x ² and determine that the relation given is quadratic; graph quadratic...
Graph Quadratic Functions Using Their Properties
  • Math
  • High School
Students will learn to define and recognize the symmetry of a parabola (graph of a quadratic function) and its vertex; define and recognize the...