Thursday, December 13, 2012

WHAT DOES A #CCSS COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS CURRICULUM GUIDE LOOK LIKE?

I hear from a lot of writers..."What is a Curriculum Guide and why should I create one for my book?"

THIS IS WHAT A CURRICULUM GUIDE LOOKS LIKE--Click Here to go to a PDF of the DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD Curriculum Guide.
Feel free to download it for future reference. 

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provides an unprecedented opportunity for authors and publishers —a chance to see more books in the hands of teachers and students.  For the first time, all but four states have adopted the same set of Language Arts standards, which means thousands of teachers are going to be desperate for standards-based curriculum that aligns to the CCSS.

They’ll also be open to new literature.  Authors and publishers who can provide curriculum guides that meet the new standards while tying in informational text, will become teachers' (and school districts') best friends.

Curriculum Guides need to go well beyond the usual one-to-two page list of suggested activities and questions that authors and publishers often provide for their books.  Instead, they should be intimately tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), have engaging activities and handouts that teachers can use with little to no preparation, and be based on solid instructional practices.

For DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD, my publisher Kane Miller and I give away my 31-page Curriculum Guide for free.  The almost 7,000 Usborne Books & More/Kane Miller sales associates give away my Curriculum Guide for free. In January, when DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD will be available everywhere (except Amazon since Usborne/Kane Miller does not sell to Amazon), any person who buys or does not buy the book can get the Curriculum Guide for free via www.daretodreamchangetheworld.com, an Usborne sales associate or on the Kane Miller website

Writers, I believe providing a free kick-ass #CCSS Curriculum Guide is an imperative part of your marketing plan. Teachers usually pay $ for these guides, and most often the free ones given away on publisher sites are not really what teachers need to teach a book to their class. Once teachers have a Curriculum Guide they really like they often go to their principal to ask for a class set or apply for a grant to do so.

Also, whenever I tweet about DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLDS's free Curriculum Guide I see teachers and librarians re-tweeting it, pinning it, fbing it, etc. More free promotion, and more taste-makers learning about the book via this free guide.

A Curriculum Guides helps teachers, librarians, readers, and you. I see it as a win-win all around. 

CLICK HERE to read Part 1 of the #CCSS Curriculum Guide Series

CLICK HERE to see Erin Fry's Curriculum Guide for LOSING IT

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1 comment:

  1. Great advice about providing free curriculum guides, and THANK YOU for sharing the guide with us so we can have a better idea of how to produce one. :)

    Have a beautiful holiday season, Jill!

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