English Language Arts and Literacy Standards

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

Kansas Standards and Resources

Kansas College & Career Ready Standards for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

Content Area Literacy Resources and Lesson Videos


Tools for Teaching the Common Core READING Standards

Teaching Students to Find and Use Evidence

Where's Your Proof? Teaching Kids to Use Evidence
Prove It! Using Textual Evidence - Prezi
Making Inferences & Using Textual Evidence - video lesson
Textual Evidence - video lesson
Claims, Reasons, & Evidence - video lesson
Claim, Reason, Evidence Practice - Quizlet terms and examples
Inference & Conclusion Practice with short movie/commercial
Teaching Argumentation and Reading for Evidence
Building Evidence-Based Arguments - units for grades 6-12
Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts - strategy guide and lessons from ReadWriteThink
Text-Centered Discussions, Student Checklist

Annotation & Note-Taking

Teaching Students to be Better Annotators - poster and infographic
Annotating Text Rubric & Scoring Guide
Teaching Annotation - K-12 PowerPoint, 9-12 lesson and Harvard guide, digital annotations, article
Annotation PowerPoint from Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Close Reading and Annotating -blog with great ideas, examples, and visuals
Text Marking Codes and Symbols - 1, 2
Apps for Annotating Digital Text

Close Reading and Text-Dependent Questions

A Primer on the Close Reading of Text -- Detailed resource from The Aspen Institute
A Close Look at Close Reading - Includes lesson template and tools for developing text-based questions, from Beth Burke
Supporting Students in Close Reading - Comprehensive resource from Dr. Shannahan
"Closing In On Close Reading" - Article from Education Leadership (ASCD)
Close Reading in Elementary Schools Article from The Reading Teacher
Close Reading PowerPoint from Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
What is close reading? and Planning Close Reading Lessons -- Check out these resources from noted literacy expert Dr. Timothy Shanahan
The Elements of Close Reading
Close Reading Example for Elementary
Engaging the Adolescent Learner - Text-dependent questions article by Fisher and Frey
Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading

40 Ways to Read Like a Detective -Supporting Text-Centered Discussion, NC presentation

How to Do a Close Reading - Prezi
Close Reading Toolbox LiveBinder
Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts - strategy guide and lessons from ReadWriteThink
Text-Centered Discussions, Student Checklist
Models of Text-Dependent Questions
Variables in Evidence-Based Questioning

Close Reading Model Units

Close Reading Exemplars - Complete lesson examples for grades K-12 from AchievetheCore.com
Close Reading Lessons for Kindergarten
Close Reading Unit for Grades 1-2 from ReadWriteThink
Close Reading Units for Grades 6-12 from Odell Education/EngageNY
Close Reading lessons, exemplars, and training materials from North Carolina
Close Reading Strategy Guide and Lessons from ReadWriteThink
Close Reading Text Studies for US History and World History

Close Reading Lesson Videos:

K-2:
Close Reading & Text-Based Questions -Interactive Read Aloud (K-2)
Close Reading Lesson Using a Picture Book (Kindergarten)
Text Dependent Questions with ELL's (Kindergarten)
Text-Based Answers in Non-Fiction (1st Grade)
Vocabulary Focus in a Close Reading (1st grade)
Creating Primary Level Close Readings & Text-Dependent Questions (K-2nd)
Close Reading Signpost Strategy Lesson (2nd-3rd grade)
Finding Evidence –The Wonders of Nature (2nd grade) (Create an account to view)
Text Evidence to Support an Argument (3rd Grade) (Create an account to view)

3-5:
Close Reading & Accountable Talk -Interactive Read Aloud (3rd-5th grade)
Close Reading with Teacher Think-Aloud (4th grade)
Analyzing Texts: “Text Talk Time” (5th grade)
The Making of a Scientist -Text with Teacher Modeling (5th grade) (Create an account to view)
Close Reading for Main Ideas and Details (5th grade)
Making a Claim Using Two Texts with Similar Themes (5th grade)

6-8:
Analyzing Texts Before Writing (5th-6th grade)
Teaching Annotation with a Close Reading (6th grade)
Close Reading in Social Studies (6th Grade)
Teaching About Textual Evidence (6th-8th grades)
Developing A Claim -Comparing Two Poems (6th-8th grades)
Developing A Claim -Comparing Two Informational Texts (6th-8th grades)
Selective Highlighting - Reading with a Purpose

9-12:
Evidence & Arguments in Close Reading (Grades 9-10)
Author's Purpose -Analyzing & Adapting Texts (Grades 9-12)
Text Analysis -Questions and Symbols (9th-12th)
Comic Book Strips -An Entry Point Into Non-Fiction (9th-12th)
Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion (9th-12th)
Close Reading of an Informational Text (10th grade)
Examining Evidence in a Text Using a Fishbowl Protocol (10th grade)
Close Reading of Poem -Form & Structure (11th Grade)
Close Reading in Chemistry
Purpose and Modeling in US History

Content-Specific:

Content Area Literacy Resources and Lesson Videos

Pre-Reading in a Science Class
Discussing Non-Fiction in a Social Studies Class
Information Literacy in Middle School
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjJg9NfTXos&feature=player_embedded - A school district focuses on 21st Century Skills
General:
Teach the Core (Achieve) Videos - K-12

Teaching Tools to Support Close Reading:

Anchor Charts to Teach Close Reading
Close Reading in Elementary Schools - Article in Reading Today by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
5 close reading strategies to support the Common Core - Practical suggestions for working with any text from teacher Court Allam's blog
Creating Primary-Level Close Readings -- A strategy guide for creating close reading lessons in grades 1-3 from ReadWriteThink
Digging Deeper with Close Reading -- blog post regarding the close reading of non-fiction from 3rd grade teacher Genia Connell at Scholastic
CCSS Text Suitability Review Form from Odell Education
Annotating Text Rubric
Teaching Annotation - K-12 PowerPoint, 9-12 lesson and Harvard guide, digital annotations,
Annotation PowerPoint from Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Close Reading and Annotating -blog with great ideas, examples, and visuals
Reading Apprenticeship Resources 9-12, college
Close Reading of Complex Text - Great blog post with useful tips for teaching close reading, annotating with tech, handouts, video clips, and more
Building the Foundation for the Common Core - K-2
Teaching Students to Read Challenging Text - Videos from Dr. Timothy Shanahan's presentation to the Clark County School District, Aug 2011


Text Selection

NewsELA -news articles, ability to adjust Lexile levels
ReadWorks- reading passages, lessons, & units (sort by grade, Lexile, domain, text type, skill)
Scholastic News - news and current events for kids
Article of the Week - links to articles used in Kelly Gallagher’s MS/HS classes
Upfront - NY Times -articles -good place for argument text for MS/HS
Zoom-In! -U.S. History resource with primary & secondary sources, supports for close reading & evidence-based writing
Good Reading on the Web - Links to digital texts and resources for secondary, organized by content area
Digital Texts- speeches, images, multi-media, & other non-traditional texts
Digital Literature and more -
Digital Content from PBSLearning
American Rhetoric - online speech bank and resources
100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction -- Reading list and links to excerpts of passages for rhetorical analysis
Anthology Alignment Project 6-12
Shakespeare Navigator
K-2 Read-Aloud Project (RAP), use this code to join the group: pkx52i , Anthology Alignment code: jsv4r7
Text Sets and Performance Tasks for K-12 from NYC
Free video-reads of Common Core exemplar texts for K-1 and 2-3 from WatchKnowLearn.org
Creating Text Sets Guide to developing text sets, K-12 Texts
Text Selection for K-2 - Guidance on planning for whole class, small group, and independent reading

Online sources for science news:
CNN.com – http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/ - scholar
MSNBC.com - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032118/ns/technology_and_science/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032076/ns/health/ - scholar
NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.html,
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/health/index.html - scholar/challenger
Science Daily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/ - scholar
Science News for Kids - http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/ - academic


Text Complexity & Readability

Text Complexity resources from KSDE
Navigating Text Complexity - deepen understanding with resources from CCSSO
Scholastic Book Wizard
Lexile Find a Book - search Lexile database
Lexile Analyzer - for texts not in the database
AR Book Finder
ATOS (AR) Analyzer - for texts not in the database


Tools for Teaching the Common Core WRITING Standards
K-5 Bookmarks K-2 Continuum, K-12 Writing Flipbooks and Rubrics aligned to Common Core Writing Standards from Michigan's Mission Literacy
In Common - Samples of CC-aligned student writing for K-12
Engaging in Academic Writing - presentation and resources from Odell Education
Smarter Balanced ELA Writing Rubrics and other teacher-developed, CC-aligned rubrics
Michigan's Mission Literacy CC-aligned writing resources
Connecting Ideas - Transition Words and Phrases handout
Literacy Design Collaborative - create CC-aligned, evidence-based reading/writing tasks
LDC “template tasks” provide fill-in-the-blank shells that teachers use to create powerful assignments
Literacy Design Collaborative (EduCore) - Complete units for secondary ELA, science, and social studies
Writing Navigator__ - writing tools for planning, drafting, revising, and publishing
Digital Writing Resources__ -- great “one-stop” resource
NewsELA__ -news articles, ability to adjust Lexile levels
ReadWorks.org__- __reading passages__, lessons, & units (sort by grade, Lexile, domain, text type, skill)
Scholastic News__ - news and current events for kids
LearnZillion__ - video tutorials and lesson sets


Resources for Teaching Argument

Common Core Argument/Opinion Writing - K-12 student writing samples, prompts and source texts included
Understanding and Evaluating Argument - Background knowledge and resources for teaching argument, reasoning, and critical thinking (Toulmin Model)
Toulmin Argumentation Model and writing guide; brief definition sample essay and how-to
Building Evidence-Based Arguments - Complete CC-aligned units for grades 6-12
Collection of resources for teaching argument from the Utah Educator Network
Room for Debate from the New York Times Learning Network. Great resources for teaching argument.
Pros and cons of 48 controversial issues
iSideWith and Politix - News, quizzes, and polls on popular issues
Debate Curriculum, K-12 topics and resources from Florida for teaching argument and debate
http://gsdcommoncore.wikispaces.com/
http://www.heinemann.com/products/E01396.aspx
http://utahcommoncoresecondarylessons.com/
Pros and cons of 48 controversial issues
Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? -Comparison handout from ReadWriteThink
Pro/Con Text Sets from Newsela - collection of leveled articles on pro/con topics

Resources for Teaching Informative/Explanatory and Narrative Writing

Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing - K-12 student writing samples, prompts and source texts included
Common Core Narrative Writing - K-12 student writing samples, prompts and source texts included

Resources for Teaching Writing and Language

Close Reading of the Writing Standards and Writing With Mentor Texts - NC presentations
In Common (Effective Writing for All Students) - Hundreds of samples of K-12 common core-aligned student writing
Top 10 - Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era
Framework for Success in Post-Secondary Writing - Describes the skills that are critical for success in college writing; good resource for high school teachers
Resources for Teaching Writing - from the National Writing Project
Links to more resources for teaching writing
Why Digital Writing Matters in the Common Core - CC-ELA Standards and digital writing alignment
Common Sense Media
Browse tools, lessons, media reviews developed by CWP partner, Common Sense Media, that help you teach your students and children about becoming responsible, informed, and engaged digital citizens.
NWP DIGITAL IS
National Writing Project Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world.
Writing to Read - Evidence of How Writing Can Improve Reading
Definitions of Three Text Types, from Appendix A

6+1 Trait Writing:

Trait Definitions
6-Trait & CC Crosswalk - Alignment between 6-Traits and Common Core
CCSS writing samples scored with 6-Trait Rubrics and lesson plans
6-Trait Writing Rubrics for K-2

Resources for Teaching Research

Researching to Deepen Understanding, Complete Units for Grades 6-12
Research Criteria Matrix for Grades 6-12
Assessing Sources, Student Handout
Potential Sources, Student Organizer
Posing Inquiry Questions and Forming & Writing Evidence-Based Claims - student handouts
Area of Investigation, Area Evaluation Checklist
Exploring a Topic Organizer and Annotated Version
Research Evaluation Criteria and Peer Evaluation Tools
How to Cite Sources -Tutorial on what needs to be cited
Finding and Using Literary Criticism - 9-12
Digital Literacy - Lessons, videos, and teaching resources from Common Sense Media

Videos:

Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Sites
Using Keywords to Improve Research
Fair Use and Copyright in a Digital Age
Exploring Copyrights and Wrongs

Tools for Teaching the Common Core LANGUAGE Standards

Language Resources:

Common Core Chart of Language Progression Skills for 3-12
Grammar and the Common Core - from the Pennington Publishing Blog
Teaching Conventions in the Common Core - from Vicki Spandel
Guide to Grammar and Writing - digital resource
Connecting Ideas - Using Transition Words and Phrases Handout
Sentence Lifting: D.O.L. That Makes Sense - A strategy from Pennington Publishing Blog
Spelling Counts

Vocabulary Resources:

Academic Vocabulary and the Common Core - overview and connection to CC standards
Academic Vocabulary Presentation and Choosing Words to Teach -learn about the three-tier framework
Vocabulary for the Common Core - Tier 2 and Tier 3 lists from Marzano Research Lab
Morphology Works - developing word knowledge in children
Common Core Greek and Latinates
The Academic Word List Most frequently occurring academic words, sorted into word families
Academic Vocabulary Lists for K-12 by content area
Building Academic Vocabulary - resources from ASCD, including 6 step process for teaching vocabulary
Academic Vocabulary List from Jim Burke, categorized by parts of speech, includes common affixes
Tennessee Academic Vocabulary -
Building Academic Vocabulary, resources, presentations, and lists by grade from OK DOE
Digital Tools for Teaching Vocabulary


Tools for Teaching the Common Core SPEAKING AND LISTENING

Speaking and Listening

Every Kid Talks Simple Rubrics for Speaking & Listening, and How to Get Kids to Really Listen and Respond - great ideas from Teaching the Core blog
Text-Centered Discussion Checklist for self and peer reviews
Classroom Talk
Digital Texts - speeches, multi-media, images, and other non-traditional texts
Using Video and Film in the Classroom
The Student Filmaker: Enhancing Literacy Skills Through Digital Video Production
Meeting Common Core Standards through Debate and Speaking Activities -from the National Forensic League
American Rhetoric - online speech bank and resources
Critical Response Protocol
Critical Response is a structured process that allows responders to pay close attention to a particular piece of art, text or a performance.
Critical Response Protocol -- Video
North Community High School Writing as Performance student, Alston, responds critically to a piece of art at the Weisman Art Museum.
Public Speaking Curriculum Documents from Boulder Public Schools Kentucky Speech 1 Course, Kentucky Speech Assoc. Curriculum Resources K-12 Course Outline Advocacy Speech Lesson CC Alignment Notes from National Speech & Debate Association

Videos:

Improving Participation with Talk Moves
Analyzing Text: Text Talk Time
Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion

Curriculum and Lesson Planning Resources

ReadWorks -- CCSS-aligned units and authentic, leveled passages for K-8
Thinkfinity lessons & digital resources for K-12, searchable by standards and grade level
Common Core ELA & Literacy Lesson Bank -
  • A library of almost 300 free, teacher-developed Common Core-aligned lessons for grades 3-10. Includes lessons for popular stories, non-fiction texts, basal readers, and anthologies
ELA LiveBinder from North Carolina - Great resources for implementing the CCSS
Louisiana Believes Teacher Support Toolbox, including year-long scope & sequences and unit planning resources

ELA & Literacy Unit Planning Template from North Carolina -
ELA & Literacy Unit Evaluation/Planning Tool -

ELA & Literacy, grade-by-grade Quarterly Skills and Knowledge Guides
ELA & Literacy Learning Progressions Tool
NYC Common Core tasks, units, & student work examples
Curriculum Exemplars from Engage NY Grades 6-12
Curriculum Maps for ELA

Aligning Curriculum and Instruction to the Common Core

Materials Alignment:
Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET)
Louisiana IMET, curriculum maps, scope & sequence
Utah Secondary ELA Materials Review Rubric
Unit Alignment:
EQuiP Rubric and tools to evaluate units
EQuiP Rubrics and resources to evaluate curriculum units
Evaluating units for Common Core alignment, using the Tri-State EQuIP process and rubrics
Instructional Alignment:
Instructional Practice Guides from Achieve
Aligning Instruction - NC Presentation
Complete Materials Alignment Toolkit


Common Core Assessment Resources

Sample Performance Tasks from CCSS for K-12 (from Appendix B)
Assessment Questions - CC-aligned lesson with "mini-assessments"
Hess' Cognitive Rigor Matrix for Reading/Writing; presentation
NAEP Questions Tool

More Resources (Uncategorized)

Apps for ELA & Literacy
http://commoncore.org/maps/membership/samples
http://www.graniteschools.org/depart/teachinglearning/curriculuminstruction/literacyenglishlanguagearts/Pages/ELACommonCore.aspx
http://gsdcommoncore.wikispaces.com/
http://utahcommoncoresecondarylessons.com/
Aligning Instruction - NC Presentation
PARCC Model Content Frameworks: PARCC has released grade-by-grade curriculum frameworks for common core standards. Some good ideas for helping to organize ELA curriculum.
Open Ed Resources
Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading video - why content knowledge is essential to reading comprehension


Resources for Arts Education (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts)

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Arts and the Common Core - A review of the connections between the arts and the common core published by The College Board
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National Media Arts Standards and samples of student work
Common Core and the Arts - Resources for art educators from the Arts Education Partnership
Critical Response Protocol
Critical Response is a structured process that allows responders to pay close attention to a particular piece of art, text or a performance.
Critical Response Protocol -- Video
North Community High School Writing as Performance student, Alston, responds critically to a piece of art at the Weisman Art Museum.
Video Juke Box - Music and videos - hits from the 50s and 60s


Common Core LiveBinders