Program Overview: Curriculum and Assessments for the Common Core

Code X is a comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum that includes three major program components available in print and digital format: grade-specific Student Editions, Teacher’s Editions, and Assessment Guides. These resources provide teachers and students with a full year of instruction that addresses the key instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards and prepares students for the Next Generation Assessments.

Program Components

    • Student Editions

      Student Editions

    • Close Reading Exemplars

      Close Reading Exemplars

    • Daily Writing Opportunities

      Daily Writing Opportunities

    • Text-Dependent Questions and Tasks

      Text-Dependent Questions and Tasks

    • Grade-Specific Student Editions

      The Code X Student Editions focus on vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and performance tasks designed to engage students in Close Reading and Daily Writing. Students engage in multiple reads of on- and above-grade level text at an appropriate range of text complexity. Each Unit in Code X is built around an engaging concept, an essential question, and texts worth reading, writing, and talking about. Unit topics range from civil rights to symbiosis, from economics to identity, from archeology to conservation, and more.

    • Close Reading

      Within the Close Reading Exemplars, questions are structured to bring the reader to a gradual understanding of the most important learning to be drawn from the text and to help the reader determine the key ideas of the text. Questions support students in mastering elements of the text that present the greatest difficulty, including difficult syntax, particularly dense information, tricky transitions, or places that offer a variety of possible inferences. In addition, the questions help students understand and revisit the most powerful academic words in the text and integrate these words into questions and discussions that explore these words.

    • Daily Writing

      Daily Writing instruction during Close Reading creates opportunities for students to record and elaborate on their thinking while reading. The questioning and discussion that students engage in during the Identify Evidence, Key Ideas and Details, and Craft and Structure parts of their text analysis extend the exercise of capturing ideas from text evidence as a foundation for developing, elaborating, and articulating ideas in a final written performance task.

    • Text-Dependent Questions and Tasks

      Reading instruction in Code X focuses on Close Reading of text and gathering evidence. Questions and short tasks are all in service of deep reading of words, phrases, and details of the texts that should be used as sources for writing assignments. Questions are structured to bring the reader to a gradual understanding of the most important learning to be drawn from the text and to determine key ideas of text.

    • Table of Contents

      Table of Contents

    • Teacher Edition Unit Overview

      Teacher's Edition Unit Overview

    • Common Core Standards Map

      Common Core Standards Map

    • Instructional Routines

      Instructional Routines

    • Grade-Specific Teacher Editions

      The Code X Teacher’s Editions include a scope and sequence, curriculum map, daily instruction, seven Units of study, ten instructional routines, text complexity rubrics, research foundations, and Resources for Differentiating Instruction.

    • Planning & Pacing Guide

      The Unit Overview lists all of the Common Core State Standards and content-area connections/disciplines taught in that Unit of the knowledge-based curriculum.

    • Common Core Standards Maps

      The Common Core Standards Maps outline the introduction and progression of each standard during a school year and across one grade to the next, highlighting deepening of the cognitive process, introduction of new content and skills, extension of knowledge and skill to a wider range of content, and decreasing levels of scaffolding and teacher support.

    • Instructional Routines

      Based on the research and best practices of our authors and advisors and extensive classroom experience, ten instructional routines have been developed for teachers for use over the course of each Unit. These routines help teachers to internalize the key instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards. These routines also include specific strategies for differentiating instruction for English language learners, struggling readers, students with disabilities, and advanced students.

    • Table of Contents

      Table of Contents

    • Assessment Guide

      Assessment Guide

    • Daily Formative Assessments

      Daily Formative Assessments

    • Written Performance Task Rubric

      Written Performance Task Rubric

    • Overview

      Students are systematically and explicitly assessed throughout Code X to ensure they are mastering the key instructional shifts of the Common Core. Code X includes three types of assessment modeled on the Next Generation Assessments: Formative Assessments, Written Performance Tasks, and Next Generation Practice Assessments.

    • Assessment Guides

      The Code X Assessment Guides include Unit assessments modeled on the sample Next Generation Assessment items. They provide evidence-based selected-response and constructed-response items in order to assess students’ understanding of the Unit texts, give teachers multiple data points for determining grades, and provide practice with each of the new assessment items.

    • Formative Assessments

      Formative Assessments throughout each Unit provide opportunities for students to demonstrate comprehension of text, vocabulary, and measure mastery of key Common Core State Standards. These daily, on-demand writing assignments focus on Key Ideas and Details and Craft and Structure throughout each Unit.

    • Written Performance Tasks

      Each Written Unit Performance Task focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening, and research claims. These tasks measure capacities such as depth of understanding, interpretive and analytical ability, synthesis, and research. They take place over the course of the one-month Unit analysis.

    • Novel Study Selections

      Novel Study Selections

    • Literature Circle Instructional Support

      Literature Circle Instructional Support

    • Novel Study

      Code X’s novel study provides approximately 25 days of instruction to guide teachers and students through reading two full-length novels per grade. Teachers lead analysis of key ideas/details and craft and structure of the earliest and most challenging chapters. Students read sections of the novel independently and produce four or five single- and multi-paragraph writing assignments leading to a culminating performance task for the novel study that integrates knowledge and ideas. Two grade-specific novels are included with the purchase of each Student Edition.

    • Literature Circles

      In addition to the full-length novels included with Code X, three Literature Circle Guides per Unit enable teachers to incorporate even more literature. Literature Circle Guides provide discussion questions and instruction for quality novels found in many middle and high school classroom libraries. Selected for their ability to provoke critical thinking and discussion, each Literature Circle Guide helps students develop the comprehension and literary analysis skills they need to be lifelong readers.
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Content Matrix

Code X includes a yearlong curriculum of seven Units of study. Texts are engaging, content-area focused, diverse, and complex. Students engage in multiple reads of on- and above-grade level texts at an appropriate range of text complexity.