Common Core State Standards English Language Arts (ELA) Resources

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October 2010

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A group of students writing in the classroom

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.

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.