Using ThinkCERCA's Differentiated Lessons and Instructional Activities with HMH Collections, Grade 9
ThinkCERCA provides a thematic alignment to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections for English Language Arts, one of the most commonly used ELA curricula in the United States. The ThinkCERCA aligned Writing Modules (including Direct Instruction, Skills Lessons, Writing Lessons, and Reading Practice) support the content that students will be focusing on in the HMH Collections anchor texts, standards, and performance tasks. Additional Direct Instruction resources are provided as an extra support for skills critical for success with the Collection topics and themes.
- Collection 1: Finding Common Ground
- Collection 2: The Struggle for Freedom
- Collection 3: The Bonds Between Us
- Collection 4: Sweet Sorrow
- Collection 5: A Matter of Life or Death
- Collection 6: Heroes and Quests
Collection 1: Finding Common Ground
- The U.S. Constitution - How do certain elements of the United States Constitution reflect the issues faced by the new nation?
- Technology and Art - How does our experience of literature change when it is delivered in different mediums?
Collection 2: Struggle for Freedom
- Perseverance - How do we overcome challenges in our country, our communities, and our lives?
- Conflict and Dominance - How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?
- Through Their Eyes - How do authors use point of view and perspective to affect their readers’ experience of a story?
Collection 3: The Bonds Between Us
- The Best Laid Plans - How do authors use their characters’ plans and motives to develop the plot?
- Overcoming Obstacles - How do characters develop as they face conflicts and overcome obstacles?
- Communities - How do poets use language to help their communities understand and appreciate their experiences and values in ways no one else can?
Collection 4: Sweet Sorrow
- Sonnets - How do poets use the traditional form of the sonnet to communicate their ideas in new ways?
- Character and Risk - When are tempting rewards worth the risk?
Collection 5: A Matter of Life or Death
- Social Responsibility - How do individuals stand up and take responsibility for changing their societies?
- Bullying - How does bullying affect everyone involved: the victim, the bully, and the bystander?
Collection 6: Heroes and Quests
- Mahatma Gandhi - How did Gandhi encourage nonviolence throughout the world through his writings?
- Paul Revere and the Revolutionary War - What does the story of Paul Revere's ride reveal about the way history is remembered?