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Common Core State Standards English Language Arts (ELA) Resources

The following are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources that focus on English language arts.

Common Core Curriculum Maps: English Language Arts
Common Core’s curriculum maps in English language arts were written by public school teachers for public school teachers. The maps translate the new CCSS for K–12 into unit maps that teachers can use to plan their year, craft their own more detailed curriculum, and create lesson plans.

Core Standards and State Literacy Teams [PDF File]
The International Reading Association hosted a webinar on what state councils can do to impact the implementation of the CCSS and the development of state literacy teams.

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects - Appendix A [PDF]
The first part of 'Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards' makes a research-based case for why the complexity of what students read matters. The second part of this section addresses how text complexity can be measured and made a regular part of instruction. It introduces a three-part model that blends qualitative and quantitative measures of text complexity with reader and task considerations. The section concludes with three annotated examples showing how the model can be used to assess the complexity of various kinds of texts appropriate for different grade levels.

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects - Appendix B [PDF]
'Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks'contains exemplars of reading text complexity, quality, and range; as well as sample performance tasks that further clarify the meaning of the CCSS. The materials are divided into text complexity grade bands: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–10, and 11–CCR (college & career ready). K–5 exemplars are separated into stories, poetry, and informational texts (as well as read-aloud texts in K–3). The 6–CCR exemplars are divided into English language arts (ELA), history/social studies, science, mathematics, and technical subjects, with the ELA texts further subdivided into stories, drama, poetry, and informational texts. Citations introduce each excerpt and additional citations are included for texts not excerpted.

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects - Appendix C [PDF]
'Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing' contains writing samples that have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the CCSS for particular types of writing—argument, informative/explanatory text, and narrative—in a given grade. Each of the samples exhibits at least the level of quality required to meet the writing standards for that grade.

Helping Students Meet the Reading Common Core State Standards in History/Social Studies and the Sciences: Webinar Archive
Hear an archived recording of this March 8, 2011, webinar hosted by Education Northwest and the Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center. The focus is on the core standards that specify the literacy skills and understandings that secondary students must develop in multiple disciplines in order to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and in the modern workforce. The webinar features Dr. Cynthia Shanahan, executive director for the Council on Teacher Education and associate dean/professor at the University of Illinois.

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