Common Core logoUNITS OF STUDY

Oakland Schools led the development of the MAISA ELA Common Core-aligned units of study that were piloted and reviewed by teachers statewide. This multi-year project resulted in a comprehensive K-12 curriculum that is aligned not only to the standards, but also across grades. These units are not scripts but are guidelines for teachers; we encourage educators to adapt them for their population and context.


English Language Arts – To support planning for the 2020-2021 school year, the Oakland Schools Literacy team, alongside ELA teachers and district leaders, created a prioritized literacy scope and sequence, as well as suggestions for assessment, differentiation, and instruction that can be used in both face-to-face and virtual scenarios. It is our hope that teachers will find these resources to be helpful and flexible enough to allow individual teachers and teams to incorporate with previous curricula and resources


Introduction Page: Please read prior to beginning all units

Click on a grade level below to expand the accordian table and see links to specific units of study.

ELA Common Core-Aligned Units

Interdisciplinary Units

Dlogo_6uring the 2013-14 school year, the C4 (Common Core Cross Curricular Research Writing Project) brought eight teams of teachers from five schools together across the year to write interdisciplinary units aligned to the Common Core that focus on research writing.  All eight teams implemented their units and continue to refine them.  The three units described and linked to below reflect the completion of publishable units for use by other educators.  They include:

What Does it Take to Survive Civil War? – ELA and social studies (middle school)

What’s Eating You?: the Industrialization of Food – ELA, science, history (high school)

World War II: Barbarism & Conflict – ELA & history (high school)