Teaching and Learning
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Common Core State Standards - Resources
Common Core State Standards - Literacy in Science
Common Core State Standards - Literacy in Science
Common Core State Standards
ELA & Literacy Standards
Content Area Resources
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy are the foundation of the K-12
; the Essential Skills for reading and writing are embedded within the CCSS. Without these skills, students won’t have access to full content in school.
The grades 6–12 standards are divided into two sections, one for ELA and the other for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. This division reflects the unique, time-honored place of ELA teachers in developing students’ literacy skills while at the same time recognizing that teachers in other areas must have a role in this development as well.
Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards
Exploring the Science Framework: Making Connections in Math with the CCSS
What does it mean for students to become mathematically proficient in the context of science? And how can science teachers help students develop that proficiency? This article addresses these questions.
What's Common Across ELA, Math, and Science: Making Science Visible
Sarah Michaels, Clark University, and Cathy O’Connor, Boston University, presentation on the cross-over between NGSS and the Common Core, specifically focusing on argumentation and ways to make thinking more visible.
Learn about what the Common Core State Standards mean for content area teachers and their students with these short, informative videos.
What does the Common Core mean for me?
Read about the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and the shifts that they require.
Content Area Literacy
Common Core "Shifts" for English Language Arts & Literacy
Building Knowledge in the Disciplines
Appendix A Excerpt: Writing
Appendix A Excerpt: Vocabulary
Pairing Science and Literacy
CCSS Literacy Standards for Science & Technical Subjects
Literacy standards for grade 6 and above are predicated on teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science, and technical subjects using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields.
Concept Organizers for Literacy in Science (In Development)
The Delaware Department of Education is developing Concept Organizers to assist their teachers in more deeply understanding the standards. When completed, these grade band documents will "deconstruct" the standards, one standard at a time, providing explanations of what students should know, understand, and be able to do.
Correlation of Oregon Science Standards to the CCSS Literacy Standards
Oregon's Science Grade Level Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in February 2009. The following documents show the how the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Techinal Subjects connect to Oregon's Science standards for grades 6-8 and high school.
Text Exemplars & Sample Performance Tasks (From Appendix B)
The text samples exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.
Modules for Literacy in Science
A Deeper Look at the CCSS for Science
(Rhode Island Department of Education)
This module developed by the Rhode Island Department of Education is designed to help participants examine literacy in the science classroom. Faciliator guides and handouts are included.
Samples of Student Writing (From Appendix C)
These student writing samples have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards for particular types of writing—argument, informative/explanatory text, and narrative—in a given grade. Some of the samples were written in class or as homework; others were written for on-demand assessments; still others were the result of sustained research projects.
Session 1: Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom (Facilitator's Guide)
Session 2: The Place of Literacy in the Science Classroom (Facilitator's Guide)
Lesson/Unit Plan review Tool
Improving Student Achievement in Science by Integrating Common Core Literacy Standards
These two videos, taken at the 2012 Summer Assessment Institute, capture the session provided by North Santiam SD that focused on strategies and techniques to incorporate CCSS in Literacy into science curricula and how to use district literacy coaches to minimize fear around teaching literacy skills.
Literacy in Science Video 1
Literacy in Science Video 2
Facilitator's Guide for Videos
N. Santiam SD PowerPoint from Summer Assessment Institute
The Common Core place more cognitive demand on students. Preparing students for the rigors of finding, synthesizing, and making meaning of information in the digital age will require shifts in instruction. Reading complex texts closely, writing, reflecting, speaking, and producing are vital to student success. The following activities help teachers across all content areas provide a framework for students to develop these skills.
Common Core/College and Career Readiness - Ed. Specialist, Science/Title II-B Mathematics and Science Partnerships
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