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Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Teacher Education

First Advisor

Linda G Williams, PhD


This project explores the purpose and objectives of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as they apply to the instruction of complex texts for elementary students. This project includes an analysis and short history of the Standards and how to successfully implement a unit of instruction for elementary students, based on a text that the Standards identify as "exemplary" The information presented in the thesis is backed by online research and educational articles. The unit based on the novel Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis was created for a fourth grade class that adheres to the Standards and uses differentiation and integration techniques. Each lesson includes objectives based on the Common Core State Standards and Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and requires students to develop higher level thinking skills to complete assignments andd participate in small and large group discussions.

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