In District 68, we offer students a comprehensive educational experience that provides students with a range of programs and services to meet their educational needs. This information is designed to provide you with an overview of the curriculum we offer our students.
Students will utilize a reading resource called Prentice Hall Literature, Common Core Edition within their literacy block. This reading resource is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction within each lesson has been adapted to meet the demands of content standard and follow the progressions found within the Common Core. Furthermore, lessons within each unit have been designed to meet several standards across the key literacy domains. Students participate in Literary Analysis Workshops that break down the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards, teach and model the standards through the use of increasingly more complex exemplars texts, and provide immediate opportunities for students to apply standards with independent practice. Children demonstrate mastery through completion of performance tasks at the end of each unit. Children will also participate in whole group, small group, and independent reading practice. In addition to Prentice Hall Literature, students will read, write, and discuss various novels during their reading block.
The Carnegie middle school math program is grounded in research that seeks to understand how students learn and how to effectively facilitate this. The curricular framework integrates brain science and practical instructional approaches by guiding students through engaging in real-world examples that encourages them to work together to solve problems, developing mathematical skills from student-specific independent practice, and demonstrating success with formative assessment opportunities that allow teachers to identify and accommodate student needs. It embraces flexible learning by combining Mathia, an adaptive independent practice software, and group instruction emphasizing collaborative student activities throughout the text. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the standards of mathematical practice and state content standards through multiple representations, mathematical habits of mind, and the idea of transfer.
Units of Study
Units of Study:
Common Core State Standards
Illinois, along with 45 other states, adopted the Common Core State Standards to be used to guide teachers in what students at each grade-level need to learn in English/Language Arts. Each set of grade-level standards consists of literature, informational text as well as listening and speaking standards. The primary grades have standards for foundational skills. Grade-level standards build on knowledge and skills learned the previous year and create a stair-step progression across the K-8 instructional years.
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Additional Student Services and Programs
- English Language Learners
- Curriculum Overview
- Response to Intervention (RtI)
- Standards Based Grading
- Technology and Curriculum
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