Combing through the Common Core State Standards (a leaner and cleaner version of the California state standards, if you ask me) left me relieved. All was good; the curriculum in both my junior and freshman English classes hit all of the standards. Well, all except one. Oh, that pesky RL.9-10.7. In case you haven’t yet memorized the codes, let me share Reading Literature standard 7 for underclassmen:
“Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).”

Um, yeah, I hadn’t been doing that.

13-1The solution? I built a 50-minute lesson comparing and contrasting Auden’s poem, Breughel’s painting, and The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” lyrics with the Daedalus and Icarus story from our Greek mythology unit. The result? The kids loved talking about how art and music reflect literature – and life!

When your principal asks what you’ve done to align your classroom to the CCSS, you could point to this collection of materials that feature plenty of depth-of-knowledge questions and discussion starters. Click here to take a closer look.


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