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Open Educational Resources
Utah's Open Textbook Projects

Utah has geared up to begin providing teachers, students, and parents with materials to support the Utah Core Standards, instruction, and teaching. Created by groups of content and teaching experts, including university faculty, district and school specialists, teachers, and USOE staff.

Science

Utah’s first OER project was science. USOE has been working with science for over several years. We would like to recognize the support of the Hewlett Foundation, the CK12 Foundation, and Brigham Young University in development of these materials. (openedgroup.org/textbooks)

 

 

 

 

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Secondary English Language Arts

The Utah Core Standards support student access to increased non-fiction/informational text to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the reading and cognitive demands of college and careers. These Open Texts provide access to grade-leveled and grade-appropriate readings and learning tasks to support the Core by providing a wide range of informational and literary non-fiction texts. These texts have been assessed by teacher teams for text complexity by using both quantitative lexile level and qualitative criteria.

Grade Band 6-8: Using Informational Texts
Section One: Text Selections based on Text Complexity
(pdf)

Section Two: Teacher Edition - Learning Tasks and Cognitive Rigor (pdf)

Section Three: Student Edition - Learning Tasks and Cognitive Rigor (pdf)

 

Note: The second edition of the Grade Band 9-10 and 11-12 digital books will be aligned to the new assessment system with sample performance tasks.

Close Reading Rubrics
Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12

Argumentative Writing Rubrics
Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12

Sample Student Performance Assessments
Grade 7Grade 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12 Grades 11 & 12

Presidential Writings Project
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Secondary Mathematics

Utah adopted the integrated mathematics model. This model is used throughout the world and provides students with the opportunity to learn and use topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analysis in connected and relevant ways; it promotes a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Because Utah is one of the first states to move to this research-based, effective method of instruction, textbook publishers were not motivated to prepare materials to support instruction. The Mathematics Vision Project was instituted to address this need.


 Middle School Mathematics
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For more information about Utah's Open Educational Resources, please contact the USOE content area specialist for that subject.

  

Additional Resources

HippoCampus
Free educational resources for middle, high school and college students and instructors, including video presentations, worked examples and simulations.
OER Commons
Find free to use learning and teaching content from diverse content providers from around the world.
The National Science Digital Library
Online learning resources and organizations dedicated to the enhancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
National Archives
The National Arhives provide educators and students with opportunities to teach with and learn from primary sources documents.
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