Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP): Exemplary Lessons aligned to College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards in ELA/literacy
“EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) is an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives are two-fold:
- Increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS, and
- Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials.
EQuIP resources include instructional materials that have been submitted to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel and evaluated for CCSS-alignment and quality. The lessons have been annotated as “Exemplars” or “Exemplars if Improved.” Each lesson or unit is available to download and use in classrooms. In addition to the materials, there is a copy of the EQuIP quality review feedback from the EQuIP Peer Review Panel. The panel’s feedback gives a sense of the materials’ purpose, strengths, and areas that would benefit from revisions. The instructional materials can be found under the “EQuiP Exemplars” tab in the large text box towards the bottom of the page.
One of the key resources on the EQuIP site for adult educators is the exemplary (or exemplary if improved) units of instruction aligned to the CCSS. The instructional units provide materials and sample resources that illustrate strong alignment to CCSS and the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards. The detailed lesson plans and peer review feedback sheets support adult educators in developing their knowledge and understanding of aligning instruction the CCR English language arts (ELA)/literacy standards and key instructional advances.
The instructional units, which include multi-lesson units and/or multi-day lessons, are designed to be used as is by educators in their classrooms. These units and lessons vary in their scope, needed time, and ambition. As they are intended for K-12 teachers, some of the activities may need to be modified for adult learners. Teachers would also need to translate K-12 grade levels to their appropriate course level and review the grade-level CCSS to identify the CCR standards addressed by the materials.
The instructional units also provide excellent lesson models that could be studied individually by teachers or discussed as part of a professional development workshop. Additionally, The EQuIP Review Feedback, which is available for each instructional unit, provides important insight into the components of quality standards-aligned lessons. The materials have been evaluated on five dimensions: alignment to specific CCSS, key shifts of the CCSS, instructional supports, assessment, and summary comments which include the lessons highlights and strengths. This feedback provides a guide to important considerations in planning lessons and units.
The following exemplary ELA/literacy lessons or units are recommended for adult educators:
- Progress, Conflict, and Outcomes (grades 9-10)
- Griswold V. Connecticut (grade 12)
- Federalist 10 (grade 12)
- “The Gospel of Wealth” (grades 11-12)
The lessons can be found under the “EQuiP Exemplars” tab in the large text box towards the bottom of the page.