Family Engagement Survey - February 25 to March 24, 2020 - Learn More


  • Calendar Meetings
  • Review Norms
  • Text Proposals from Committee Members
  • Evaluation Tool for Pilot Texts

Adoption Timeline

  • ­March 2015 Form Adoption Committee
  • ­March- June 2015: 3-4 adoption committee meetings to establish initial criteria, review initial materials, establish scoring criteria and select materials to pilot during the 2015-16 year
  • ­Fall 2015 Experimental use in classroom– Collect survey and assessment data
  • ­Winter 2016: Two committee meetings to review data and develop recommendation to the IMC
  • ­Spring 2016: Adoption recommendation to the IMC and presentation to the School Board for possible adoption


  • ­Create a schedule of upcoming meetings
  • ­Share possible texts for each unit
  • ­Review sample criteria rubrics and begin discussion of evaluative criteria.


  • ­Texts chosen will need to align with objectives presented for units 2, 3, or 6.
  • ­All decisions are made based on sound research, the best interests of our students, and align with our district mission and criteria.
  • ­We are choosing texts that will be required for all students in the course.
  • ­Please keep an open mind throughout the process.

Review Initial Criteria

  • Preparation for college, career and life
  • Articulation between grade levels
  • Accessible to a diverse student population
  • Aligned to ELA CCSS
  • Aligned with unit objectives
  • Textual Complexity appropriate for Grade 11

The above criteria will be used to initially holistically evaluate texts. Is there anything we want to add or remove? Not considering any text that does not meet all of these.

Text Proposal – Unit 2

  • Barnes and Noble Classic American Short Stories collection (suggested by David Lasby)
  • Adapted versions of many of these already exist for use w/SpED
  • Wonder about it being relevant – would there be more resources? Last story is early 1900s…
  • Also, teacher support? Many anthologies have teacher materials
  • “The Lottery”

Talking about specific authors may be too narrow if the unit idea is short story over time. Maybe we should break history into chunks of time and look for stories for each chunk.

  • Texts that are already in district (DiYanni, Elements of Lit) – let’s look at the stories in these

Do we have to think about books, or can we focus on stories? Many of these stories are open-source. Important to include modern stories.

To do:

  • Decide on time periods
  • Look at anthologies we already have
  • Look at online resources
  • Texts for each time period

Text Proposal – Unit 3

  • Still like The Crucible, and it fits the essential questions … but it’s pretty conclusive (right vs. wrong), unlike Laramie and Twilight: Los Angeles.
  • Can we explore the polarization of modern society and how an issue leads to one dominant truth, and then another issue leads to a different dominant truth, etc?
  • Does it have to be a play? CCSS requires a drama experience each year.
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


  • ­Create a schedule of upcoming meetings
  • ­Share possible texts for each unit
  • ­Review sample criteria rubrics and begin discussion of evaluative criteria.