What is Alexandria Plan?

Alexandria Plan is a strategic framework for identifying and using high quality works of non-fiction and historical fiction as resources for meeting the expectations of the CCSS.  This Plan is not meant to supplant ELA instruction—but rather to show how such instruction can be integrated with, and draw from, informational texts on topics in history.  The Plan helps teachers to pose questions about featured anchor texts on a wide range of topics in United States and world history.  Topics range from the caves at Lascaux to King Tut’s tomb, Chief Joseph to Kubla Khan, and the birth of democracy to fall of the Berlin Wall.  These books tell stories that will thrill students.  Accompanying text-dependent questions (TDQs) will drive student learning to a deeper level of understanding.  Please read below for detailed descriptions of each component of this new curriculum tool.

Alexandria Plan is the second in a suite of curriculum materials Great Minds has developed to help educators implement the CCSS-ELA.  In 2010 Great Minds released its Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, now titled Wheatley Portfolio.  Wheatley Portfolio is a coherent sequence of thematic units, roughly six per grade level, K–12.  Wheatley Portfolio connects the skills delineated in the CCSS with suggested works of literature and informational texts and provide sample activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.


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