Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Carol Wade


As a response to both the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a recent approval of a change by the New York State Board of Regents to allow multiple pathways for graduation, this curriculum project, which will be referred to as a unit plan throughout the paper, was designed to meet the need for more units of study that address looking for and making use of structure in Algebra. The unit plan on solving systems of equations and inequalities is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for mathematics (NYSCCLM) and addresses looking for and making use of structure, mathematical practice standard number 7. This unit plan, which may provide a method by which Algebra teachers can continue to work toward the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) goal of preparing students for both college and career success, was validated by a tenured teacher of Algebra.