Because I work in alternative ed, we have a lot of freedom in curriculum. But I know in 'regular' schools there are usually set things to cover. When I was student teaching 8th grade, my master teacher said in the spring they always cover poetry.That's not they always do, but it's included in the Spring, not in the fall. I use Common Core standards. So far we have been focusing basically on reading and a lot of writing. This is what I was thinking so far: in January, for 3 weeks: (not completely decided yet): 1 year goal, maybe 5 year goals. I like this because thinking about 1 year goals right at the beginning of the new year is very fitting. (not completely decided yet):writing business letters. This would be beneficial to the students' real life in the future. (my P always says we want our students to be better employable, be able to advocate for themselves and to be more empathetic) in February / March: (pretty much decided): in February start with the Harlem Renaissance, covering the historical part of it, reading some stories and then going into poetry from this era's poets. Then work with other poems, not from this era. I will probably have 1 week left from March, and then 3 weeks in April before Spring break. I plan in doing a movie (of course it's a lesson with lots of work) right before Spring break, so I will still have about 2 weeks that needs lessons. May: I have no idea. What am I missing? Do more writing? Reading? I noticed I haven't included any grammar, should I do that before the movie? We also haven't done much persuasive writing (we did a little in September), shold I focus on that in May? That way I would have done the 2 main writing standards, narrative and persuasive. Any suggestions? What are you teaching? This is high school, but I'm also open to ideas from middle school.