TCSD Literacy Curriculum Guides follow approximately 1/3 of the Common Core State Standards as prioritized by the Curriculum Guide Committee.
Common Core State Standards Key Design Considerations
A Focus on Results Rather Than Means
"By emphasizing required achievements, the Standards leave room for teachers, curriculum developers, and states to determine how those goals should be reached and what additional topics should be addressed. Thus, the Standards do not mandate such things as a particular writing process or the full range of metacognitive strategies that students may need to monitor and direct their thinking and learning. Teachers are thus free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the Standards." (CCSS 2010, pg 4)
Throughout the school year, teachers will focus on the following concepts: