Teaching and Learning
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Common Core State Standards Toolkit
CCSS Toolkit: ELA & Literacy Teachers
CCSS Toolkit: ELA & Literacy Implementation - Reading
CCSS Toolkit: ELA & Literacy Implementation - Reading
CCSS Toolkit - ELA & Literacy Teachers: Implementation
Speaking & Listening
ELA & Literacy Toolkit
Content Area Toolkit
Claim 1: Reading - Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational text.
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Understanding the Standards
Study the Standards at Your Grade - ELA & Literacy
Explore the CCSS ELA concept organizers and unpacked content for your grade or subject developed by other CCSS states.
Literacy Implementation Guidance for the CCSS ELA
This guidance from the International Reading Association zeroes in on specific language in the Standards, including new meanings of key terms and major shifts in instructional focus, and given bulleted recommendations that address the identified challenge by offering practical strategies for moving forward.
Expanded Definitions for CCSS in ELA & Literacy
This document, created by the Rhode Island Department of Education provides additional information to help expand understanding of the Critical Areas of Focus for ELA & Literacy.
CCSS Text Complexity Tools (PowerPoint)
This PowerPoint, part of a webinar hosted by CCSSO, summarizes the components of text complexity and describes several tools that teachers can use to help select texts with an appropriate level of rigor.
Text Complexity: Informational Text Qualitative Rubric
The rubric for informational text allows educators to evaluate the important elements of informational text.
Text Complexity: Literary Text Qualitative Rubric
The rubric for literary text allows educators to evaluate the important elements of literary text.
Suggested Considerations for Reader and Task
The questions provided in this resource are meant to spur teacher thought and reflection upon the text, students, and any tasks associated with the text.
Scope and Sequence Documents (Louisiana)
Teachers across Louisiana have collaborated to create year-long scope and sequences for ELA and math. These tools should be adapted to meet the needs of teachers and the specific students they teach.
NOTE: When the login/password prompt comes up, click CANCEL and the document you selected will open.
CCSS Report Card Template
09/10/2013 (227 KB)
This Excel spreadsheet from the David Douglas School District can be used to create report cards for grades K-5 aligned to the Common Core State Standards for both ELA and Math.
Quality Review Rubric for Units and Lessons
The Tri-State Collaborative (composed of educational leaders from Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island and facilitated by Achieve) has developed criterion-based rubrics and review processes to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the Common Core State Standards for ELA & Literacy.
Teaching & Learning
K-5 Teachers: Laying Foundations for the Common Core
01/19/2012 (266.53 KB)
K-12 Teachers: Building Comprehension in the Common Core
What does reading instruction look like when teaching to the English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? A new Common Core K-12 Reading Instruction section for teachers, featuring “CCSS Snapshots” of elementary, ELA, and subject-area classrooms, CCR and CCSS: Have you ever... is available now!
CCSS Evidence Guides: Aligned Practice Made Clear
These tools provide specific guidance for what the CCSS for ELA / literacy and math looks like in planning and practice. They are designed as developmental tools for teachers and those who support teachers.
Videos of instruction
Guided Reading with Jenna (Grade 5)
Demonstration of the important components of Guided Reading in a 5th grade classroom.
Text Graffiti: Previewing Challenging Text (Grade 8)
Preview a topic and make predictions based on textual evidence
Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method (Grade 8)
In this 8th grade lesson students use the SIFT method to critically analyze two poems.
Pre-Reading for Challenging Texts (9-12)
Students make predictions from quotes to prepare for a challenging text.
Differentiating for individual student needs
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
The documents on this page provide all educators with resources that focus on the needs of English learners. Educators should continue to reference the resources available on other CCSS pages for content-specific information.
ELL Considerations for CCSS-Aligned Tasks in English Language Arts (NYC Department of Education)
01/03/2014 (120.20 KB)
This document is intended to inform educators on insights and practical suggestions for accelerating the academic achievement of ELLs in literacy classrooms, specifically in the following areas: Vocabulary, Scaffolding, Native Language, and Writing.
Oregon Response to Intervention (OrRTI) Videos
The Oregon Response to Intervention Project, an initiative sponsored by ODE since 2005, provides intensive training and support to 48 Oregon school districts. Training is focused on multi-tiered instruction, systems requirements, teaming, data analysis, and using the RTI approach to identify learning disabilities.
Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities and Diverse Learners
The documents on these pages provide all educators with resources that focus on the differentiated instruction of students with special needs. Educators should continue to reference the resources available on other CCSS pages for content-specific information.
Differentiation Training Module
This site contains 10 training modules on differentiation, developed as part of the Oregon DATA Project.
Cross-content Instructional Strategies
The instructional strategies on this page can be used to support the CCSS for Literacy across all content areas.
Practical Strategies to Improve Academic Discussions in Mixed Ability Secondary Content Area Classrooms
07/25/2012 (129.30 KB)
This article by Kevin Feldman and Kate Kinsella outlines 5 key principles to structuring academic discussions so that all students are productively engaged.
Structuring Active Learning
07/25/2012 (101.41 KB)
Thie one page document offers suggestions from Kevin Feldman on structuring active learning to increase student engagement.
07/25/2012 (81.96 KB)
This one page document from Kinsella and Feldman offers pragmatic suggestions for partnering.
Content Literacy Strategies
This website, from the St. Clair County Regional Education Service Agency, contains one page summaries of a wide variety of instructional strategies.
Sample Questions Reflecting the CCSS for Reading
This document from the Delaware Department of Education offers suggestions for the types of questions that might be asked for each of the reading standards for literature and informational text for grades 2- 10.
Note: The inclusion of links to these sites does not constitute an endorsement by ODE.
BetterLesson and the NEA have partnered to create the NEA Master Teacher Project, a revolutionary effort to highlight and share the best teaching practices around the Common Core.
Searchable Database of Tasks, Units and Student Work (NYC Department of Education)
Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work developed by NYC educators and national experts by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard.
Common Core Conversations
The Common Core Conversation offers free resources, lessons, and teaching strategies.
The lesson plans, unit plans, centers, textbook supplements, and other resources found on Wiki-Teacher are created and shared by educators. Resources contributed to the site are reviewed by content experts and peer-rated by all of the members of Wiki-Teacher. Users can create an account free of charge.
LearnZillion offers K-5 lessons, including videos with author's voiceover, and assessments aligned to the CCSS for ELA and Math. Teachers can register for a free password.
EduCore: Literacy Tools
Understand the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) framework, learn how to use the templates to create reading/writing assignments, and view sample modules for ELA, social studies and science developed by teachers.
Open Education Resources (OER) Commons
A collection of open education resources (OER) including Common Core implementation plans, transition guides, assessment tasks, exemplars and curriculum.
Smarter Balanced Sample Summative Items for Teachers
Covering all possible item types (selected response, constructed response, extended response, technology enhanced, and performance tasks), these samples include student items, as well as sample student responses and evaluation rubrics where appropriate. Educators can use these items to get an idea of how to design classroom tasks that will prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Sample Items and Tasks for Students
The items on these sites include a combination of computer adaptive items (selected response, constructed response, extended response) and performance tasks. Items can be scored using sample student responses and their accompanying scores as reference for reviewing your answer.
Guide to Creating Questions for Close Analytic Reading (CCSS)
Educators can start by learning how to distinguish between text dependent and non-text dependent, between quality and trivial questions, and by crafting their own text dependent questions.
Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks
Text exemplars illustrate CCSS high-quality grade-level texts intended for all students and the application of sample texts to sample performance tasks. (Appendix B)
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