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CCSS Toolkit: ELA & Literacy Implementation - Reading

CCSS 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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Unit/Lesson Planning


  • Planning Templates
    • Scope and Sequence Documents (Louisiana)  External Link  
      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 Excel Spreadsheet   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  External Link  
      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


  • 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) PDF  External Link 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  External Link  
      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.
  • Lessons
    Note: The inclusion of links to these sites does not constitute an endorsement by ODE.
    • BetterLesson  External Link  
      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)  External Link  
      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  External Link  
      The Common Core Conversation offers free resources, lessons, and teaching strategies.
    • Wiki-Teacher  External Link  
      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  External Link  
      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  External Link  
      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  External Link  
      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  External Link  
    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.

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    Secondary and Post Secondary Transitions - Education Program Specialist 2

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