Over the years I have crept closer and closer to full conviction that we cannot align CI with the textbook. The 20 year effort by the TPRS people to do that ended up watering it down and divorcing it from the actual research to an alarming extent. Ben in CA just asked the group about Can Do statement in this regard, and Laura in Maine also asked about aligning with current (old guard/textbook-related) curriculums. I just don’t think it can be done.
All I can offer is Cameron Taylor’s new book (CI Liftoff/teachable.com) that beautifully aligns with the content of the two books Tina and I just wrote about the Invisibles, also available at teachable.com, called A Natural Approach to Stories and A Natural Approach to the Year.
Here is part of the introduction to that book, which I am aiming at Ben Lev and I hope it helps. At the end of the day, when people in our buildings ask us to align with their textbook style teaching and not the national standards and PROFICIENCY, then I think we have to just refuse. It’s a gnarly and thorny place to go, for sure, but eventually the textbook lobby and their way of doing things will crumble when that last bite of a termite happens.