The School District of Athens strives to implement curriculum that aligns with the Common Core State Standards in ELA, Math, and Literacy. Other content areas include the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards in association with National Standards.  The staff works for excellence with our 21st century students and promotes life-long learning. The School District of Athens is using a researched-based district-designed curriculum mapping system to customize our core and encore curriculum to best meet the standards and provide ongoing, high-quality instruction to our students.

Visit this link to see Wisconsin Standards for Information and Technology Literacy & Crosswalk to English Language Arts Common Core Standards

Example from Creative Writing, Sophomore English 

Unit:  Writing a Children's Story

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.   (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1)

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.  (CCSS.ELA.-Literacy.L.9-10.2)

Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple points of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.  (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3.A)

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.  (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6)

Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness (ISTE 1.a)

Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes (ISTE 1.c)

Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity (ISTE 2.a)

 Lesson Specific Goals:

  • Students will use different sentence structure to show advanced writing skills.
  • Students will use figurative language to grab the reader's attention.
  • Students will show use of digital writing tool "Storybird" using their Chromebook during their class period.

Students will receive direct instruction that introduces the lesson and objectives for the day.  This is about a five day plan--42 minutes class period.  Students will review the elements of writing a story.  Students will also review stylistic components of figurative language.  Before learning about the technology Web 2.0 tool--Storybird, students will map out their story/ideas for a story on, another Web 2.0 tool.  Once students have the base of their story, they will learn about using Storybird.  This tools allows students to use works of artistry that are free to use by illustrators.  Students will set-up their "storyboard" from their notes on and write their stories to match. 


Both formal and informal feedback will occur within the lesson.  Students will receive informal feedback through classroom discussion and teacher observation.  Formal feedback will occur through formative, summative and local assessments. A rubric is created using the 6+ Traits of Writing.