Use these “Inclusive Big Ideas” to plan grade-level standards-based lessons for all students, including those with significant cognitive disabilities. Grab your colleague and start by finding the  standard that you are teaching and then browse the resource to:

  • Spark ideas for instructional strategies and activities 
  • Align lesson content and instruction while removing common barriers to student learning
  • Identify essential content, concepts, and vocabulary related to standards 
  • Integrate cross-curricular connections and evidence-based practices that optimize engagement

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  • Explain how information from multiple representations of a topic contribute to understanding of the topic

    Grade 6: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch. RL.6.7

  • Explain how information from multiple representations of a topic contribute to understanding of the topic

    Grade 7: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). RL.7.7

  • Explain how information from multiple representations of a topic contribute to understanding of the topic

    Grade 8: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors. RL.8.7

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 1: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories. RL.1.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 2: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. RL.2.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 3: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series). RL.3.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 4: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures. RL.4.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 5: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics. RL.5.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 6: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics. RL.6.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 7: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history. RL.7.9

  • Compare and contrast elements of texts

    Grade 8: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new. RL.8.9

  • Access and comprehend grade-level literature

    Grade 6: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. RL.6.10

  • Access and comprehend grade-level literature

    Grade 7: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. RL.7.10

  • Access and comprehend grade-level literature

    Grade 8: English Language Arts - Reading Literature

    Standard: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. RL.8.10

Inclusive Big Ideas: Standards-based resources for inclusive classrooms | TIES Center

The Inclusive Big Ideas were adapted from resources created by the NCSC Project , a federal grant from the US Department of Education (PR/Award #: H373X100002), However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education and no assumption of endorsement by the Federal government should be made.