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CraftPlus Correlations & Alignments

Common Core Standards
Selected States
Six Traits
Title 1, Part A

Common Core Standards↑ back to top

Common Core Language Arts Correlation: CraftPlus Target Skills are modeled with authentic literature. Take advantage of the reciprocal power of reading and writing by integrating language arts processes. Use these correlations to see how CraftPlus implementation can support all of your language instruction.

The CraftPlus K-8 Writing Program aligns with Common Core State Writing Standards. Click below to download the printer-friendly PDF versions per grade.

Kindergarten Correlation
Grade 1 Correlation
Grade 2 Correlation
Grade 3 Correlation
Grade 4 Correlation
Grade 5 Correlation
Grade 6 Correlation
Grade 7 Correlation
Grade 8 Correlation

Common Core Implementation Timelines for CraftPlus Daily Writing Lessons
Common Core Writing Standards are explicitly taught and repeatedly applied; language standards listed in the timelines are either taught explicitly, suggested as companion grammar and usage skills, and/or applied in the context of writing assignments; speaking and listening skills are applied repeatedly throughout the curriculum.

Kindergarten Timeline
Grade 1 Timeline
Grade 2 Timeline
Grade 3 Timeline
Grade 4 Timeline
Grade 5 Timeline
Grade 6 Timeline
Grade 7 Timeline
Grade 8 Timeline

Selected States↑ back to top

Several states have requested that CraftPlus be correlated to their state standards. Click below to download the printer-friendly PDFs.

Florida Correlation
Georgia Correlation
Illinois Correlation
Louisiana Correlation
Pennsylvania Correlation  
Texas Correlation

Six Traits↑ back to top

CraftPlus focuses on giving young writers practice with explicitly taught organizational and composing Target Skills and conventions. Mastery of these Target Skills develops young writers who attain the desired traits of writing. An alignment of the Target Skills with the traits appears below.

Click here for a printer-friendly PDF of the chart.

Title 1, Part A↑ back to top

As stated by the U. S. Department of Education, Title 1, Part A - “Improving Basic Programs,” is designed to “ensure that all students have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”

CraftPlus is aligned to the criteria specifically mentioned in Title 1, Part A.

Click here to download a printer-friendly PDF version of the chart.

Title 1-A Criteria

How CraftPlus Purposefully Meets This Criteria

"ensuring that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and instructional materials are aligned with challenging state academic standards so that students, teachers, parents, and administrators can measure progress against common expectations for student academic achievement"

Maupin House has carefully designed the CraftPlus curriculum to:

  • Create teacher-friendly, specific skill targeted rubrics to produce high-quality assessment of learned material.
  • Ensure availability for training of teachers in the CraftPlus curriculum before and during use through on-site workshops and webinars.
  • Set up a fully prepared day-by-day instruction curriculum that provides teachers with materials used in each lesson, literature models used to teach targeted skills, and clearly defined organizational skills, composing skills and conventions taught within each lesson.
  • Align with state standards in each state to provide the most comprehensive and challenging writing curriculum and the most skills-targeted literature models available.
  • Create measurable progress through rubrics and assessments for each skill taught.
"meeting the educational needs of low achieving children; closing the achievement gap between high- and low-performing children"

Because CraftPlus takes students from the beginning of the writing process, using brainstorming and creative use of graphic organizers, to the end of the writing process, where an entire writing piece in a specific grade-appropriate genre is created and assessed, low-achieving children are met where they are in academic achievement.

Students show mastery of each skill before moving on to the next targeted skill. Only one or two skills are taught in each week's lessons and are built upon skills learned from previous weeks allowing for steady progress and maximum achievement.

CraftPlus' Crosswalk feature helps teachers assess students who are struggling with a particular skill by assisting the students using differentiated learning methods. Low-achievers are brought up to the grade level standards expected by the state.

Engaging writing lessons are taught in short periods of time each day to ensure low-performing students struggling with attention and distraction will learn a few skills at a time through teacher and peer interaction.

Students use guided personal assessments in small teams to create ownership and mastery of learned skills in conjunction with previously taught and mastered skills to ensure maximum retention of learned writing skills.

"holding schools, local educational agencies, and States accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students, and identifying and turning around low-performing schools that have failed to provide a high-quality education to their students, while providing alternatives to students in such schools to enable the students to receive a high-quality education"

CraftPlus is a challenging curriculum that maximizes teacher and student time to teach writing skills from the beginning of the process to the end.

The Crosswalk feature provides teaching alternatives for engaging methods for low-performance students to guarantee high-quality education.

"improving and strengthening accountability, teaching, and learning by using State assessment systems designed to ensure that students are meeting challenging State academic achievement and content standards and increasing achievement overall, but especially for the disadvantaged"

Because CraftPlus is a school-wide curriculum, an enriched writing educational program is in place from the start of the school year. The quality of the time spent on writing is increased by focused learning on several target skills built successfully on previously learned target skills.

CraftPlus lessons are created to work in conjunction with other areas of instruction such as science, mathematics, social studies and reading. Lessons are meant to be used to incorporate concepts used elsewhere in the school-wide education of students.

"providing children an enriched and accelerated educational program, including the use of school-wide programs or additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time"

Because CraftPlus is a school-wide curriculum, an enriched writing educational program is in place from the start of the school year. The quality of the time spent on writing is increased by focused learning on several target skills built successfully on previously learned target skills.

CraftPlus lessons are created to work in conjunction with other areas of instruction such as science, mathematics, social studies and reading. Lessons are meant to be used to incorporate concepts used elsewhere in the school-wide education of students.

"significantly elevating the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development"

Further training in CraftPlus application and incorporation into a new or existing school educational structure is made available to teachers, administrators and support staff.

"affording parents substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children."

Through the publication process of writing pieces, students can include parents in the meeting of various prompts throughout CraftPlus. Many prompts already have built in family involvement and teachers have the option of writing prompts of their own.

Students have real writing outcomes that have measured assessments upon completion that can be shared with parents to show learned skills. The peer-assessment process is designed to label writing pieces on paper to show student progress and encourage student self-esteem. Proud students lead to proud parents.

 

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