Our district adopted the EngageNY curriculum for both math and ELA starting this year. The materials are free through the EngageNY website, but the materials only consist of Teacher Instructions.
My 7th graders needed something much more concrete.
So I began a system of creating Student Activity Packets, which include graphic organizers for each activity, writing assignment break-downs, vocabulary practice worksheets, etc. I've also been designing and revising a method for assessing the material.
***The graphic organizer provided with the EngageNY materials tends to be crowded and confuses learners with visual and spatial challenges. I went through a few versions before the kids found success with this one.
***The students do better if you change the prompt on each graphic organizer rather than a "catch-all" graphic organizer. They feel uncomfortable with the method, so by putting each prompt in specifically, they tend to feel more confident about trying it.
***There are two sets of graphic organizers, one with lines to write on and one with blank space. I make both available to the students and let them choose which works better for them.
I currently have packets for the entire Reading Closely Unit and Evidence-Based Claims mini-units. Check back later in the year as I will have to design packets for the remainder of Module 1: Long Walk to Water and Module 2b on Lyddie.