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 Correlation to Michigan Curriculum Framework
Michigan Department of Education

I have attempted to match the lessons and lesson objectives to Michigan's Curriculum Framework. Since the framework is very general in nature a lesson often fell under several Standards. Not all of the Language Arts Standards are listed. Only the ones that I thought applicable to these lessons. A copy of the Michigan Curriculum Frame work is available from the Michigan Department of Education.

Content Standard 1: All students will read and comprehend general and technical materials.

 1. Use reading for multiple purposes, such as enjoyment, clarifying information, and learning complex procedures.

 2. Read with developing fluency a variety of texts, such as short stories, novels, poetry, plays, textbooks, manuals, and periodicals.

 3. Employ multiple strategies to construct meaning, such as generating questions, studying vocabulary, analyzing mood and tone, recognizing how authors use information, generalizing ideas, matching form to contend, and developing reference skills.

 4.Employ multiple strategies to recognized words as they construct meaning, including the use of context clues, word roots and affixes, and syntax.

 5. Respond to a variety of oral. visual, written, and electronic texts by making connections to their personal lives and the lives of others.

Content Standard 3: All students will focus on meaning and communication as they listen, speak, view, read, and write in personal, social, occupational, and civic contexts.

 1. Integrate listening, viewing, speaking, reading, and writing skills for multiple purposes and in varied contexts. An example is using all the language arts to prepare and present a unit project on career exploration.

 6. Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and concepts in oral, visual, and written texts by using a variety of resources such as semantic and structural features, prior knowledge materials, and electronic sources.

7. Recognize and use varied techniques to construct text, convey meaning, and express feelings to influence and audience.

8. Express their responses and make connections between oral, visual, written, and electronic texts and their own lives.


Content Standard 5: All students will read and analyze a wide variety of classic and contemporary literature and other texts to seek information, ideas, enjoyment, and understanding of their individuality, our common heritage and common humanity, and the rich diversity in our society.

 2. Describe and discuss shared issues in the human experience that appear in literature and other texts from around the world.

 3. Identify and discuss how the tensions among characters, communities, themes and issues in literature and other texts are related to one's own experience.







Some of the most popular resources are:

Facts and Trivia about U. S. Presidents

Facts and Trivia about the First Ladies

Resources and Lessons on the Holocaust

Resources on Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History.

Timeline of the History of Detroit and the
History of Michigan.

Photos of Lumbering in Michigan

Workshops and Tutorials





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