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Sample Curricula

Design your own assignments, or find and teach hundreds of nationally vetted, teacher-created lessons available in the LDC Curriculum Library.

Browse lesson plans created by partners and teachers from our online design space, LDC CoreTools.

STEM Modules

LDC and Battelle Education have teamed up to create a free collection of STEM modules for middle and high school students.

National Board Mini-Courses

This collection of courses makes the differentiation and reflection practices described in National Board Standards visible to LDC CoreTools users and can help to scaffold teachers’ progress.

Facing History & Ourselves

Social Studies mini-tasks adapted from strategies and lessons created by LDC partner Facing History and Ourselves.

Stevenson Elementary Curriculum Collection

Teacher-created, classroom-tested instructional resources made available to the public by the teachers at R.L. Stevenson Elementary School in Merritt Island, FL.

Rankin County Curriculum Collection

Teacher-created, classroom-tested instructional resources created in Rankin County, MS. This collection of modules were vetted by a double-blind Peer Review process employing the nationally vetted and calibrated scoring rubrics developed for LDC by SCALE.

National Writing Project

A wide variety of mini-tasks adapted from lessons created by National Writing Project teachers.

Calculating the Costs: Atomic Bombs in 1945

Was the United States justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Japan in August 1945? This exemplary argumentation module from IU13 in Pennsylvania investigates that question.

Building Bridges

This exemplary physics module from Louisiana requires students to conduct an experiment and write a lab report about the structure and function of bridges.

Flowers for Algernon

How does Keyes use Charlie's reflections to expose his persona? This exemplary module from Fresno, CA explores the author's craft from this seminal work.

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Elementary Lessons

Lessons spanning all disciplines that demonstrate how LDC can be used in an elementary classroom.

ELA Lessons

These ELA mini-tasks demonstrate how LDC is taught day-to-day in a college- and career-focused classroom.

Science Lessons

Mini-tasks that support close reading of scientific texts and the ability to write on scientific issues.

Note-Taking Lessons

Over 30 exemplary note-taking strategies from LDC teachers, including Cornell Notes, Split-Page Note-Taking, and many more.


Exemplary Student Work

With LDC, students truly understand the task at hand, and the process of crafting effective writing in any subject. Their work proves it.

Peer Reviewed Modules

These teacher-created instructional units—each culminating in a performance task requiring students to write in response to close reading—have been rated “Good to Go” or “Exemplary” through National Peer Review, and represent a variety of disciplines and grade levels.


Curriculum Alignment

With LDC common assignments, schools align curriculum and assessment.

Flexible Teaching Templates

We focus on teacher decision points, helping to build assignments that guide students to understand and write well about what they've read.

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