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High Priority ELA Standards, 6-8

Updated: Jan 18, 2022

Half of the battle of creating your own curriculum is determining what priority/essential/core/common standards you want to include. Teachers literally spend years of their lives writing then revising, writing then revising, writing then revising curriculum.

Because state standards often include lists of 50+ standards for content areas (not including literacy standards) it's easy for teachers to turn to the their textbooks or choice topics rather than facing the overwhelm of the standards list.


The majority of the schools I support are in Indiana, and I myself was a teacher and administrator in Indiana, so I often reference the Indiana State Standards and Indiana's accountability measures when trying to narrow the "What should we actually teach?" list.