Curriculum Development Guides


The three Curriculum Development Guides (CDGs) are  unique repertoires of instructional materials designed to promote literacy and critical thinking skills among youth utilizing a historical and cultural context. The primary purpose of the Littler Flower Novelette series is to improve literacy in pre-teens through engagement with high interest text. The curriculum guides use the novelettes text to address English/Language Arts skills as well as elements of character education, and cross-curricular alignment in Social Studies.

CDGs encompasses a fully developed instructional English/Language Arts unit comprised of lesson plans, formative and summative assessments, and instructional activities aligned to four National Standards, including: WIDA English Language Learner Standards, American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success, Society of Health and Physical Education Health Standards, and Common Core English Language Arts Standards. Each lesson provides educators/facilitators with practical activities to facilitate instruction aligned to the curriculum standards using the novelette series. The lesson plans are differentiated to provide enrichment for advanced learners as well as remediation for students who may need additional reinforcement. The CDGs are designed to be a one-stop resource providing comprehensive instructional activities, materials, assessments, and rubrics offering educators and organizations looking to improve student literacy with:

  • Rigor
  • Relevance
  • Relationship
  • Reflection

The CDGs also help students to develop morals, manners, civic and social consciousness, and skills that promote emotional and mental wellbeing. Early in the series, the author introduces readers to the Little Flower character, who is in the process of developing those characteristics. The story opens with Little Flower in a bad place because she does not understand how to respond appropriately to something that happened. As a result of not having the proper response tools, she makes a bad decision. As the story unfolds, the dialogue and reflection that the author takes the characters through, in order to arrive at what is appropriate, models reflection and self-improvement at a level young readers can understand. This will enable them to develop a personal conflict resolution toolbox.

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