The Common Core Standards (English Language Arts and Literacy in
History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects) set
requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but also
for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical
subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak,
listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content
areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and
understandings required for college and career readiness in
multiple disciplines. Students who meet the Standards develop the
skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the
foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in
language. (CCSS ELA/L p. 3)
This series of modules is intended to be incorporated into professional learning community meetings over time; the research and practices contained within these modules is intended to be embedded in daily instruction.
Foundational Skills Module 1: This
module covers research and practices for the Common Core
Foundational Skills Standards: Concepts of Print, Letter
Knowledge and Phonemic Awareness. The module contains a pre and
post assessment and includes voice-over and a self-paced design.
It may be used in the context of Professional Learning
Communities or for individual use. Educators can apply the
research and practices contained within this module in their
daily instruction over time.
Skills 1 (Powerpoint)
Foundational Skills Module 2: This
module covers research and practices for the Common Core for
Foundational Skills Standards: Word Recognition, Phonics, and
Fluency. A facilitator guide accompanies this module, which is
intended for use in Professional Learning Communities over time.
Educators can apply the research and practices contained within
this module in daily instruction and share results/reflections
during the PLC sessions.
Skills 2 (Powerpoint)
Foundational Skills 2 Facilitator Guide (PDF)
Foundational Skills 2 Video and Resource Links (PDF)
Language and Vocabulary Development
Module: This module covers research and practices
for the Common Core Language Standards. A facilitator guide
accompanies this module, which is intended for use in
Professional Learning Communities over time. Educators can apply
the research and practices contained within this module in daily
instruction and share results/reflections during the PLC
Language and Vocabulary Development Module (Powerpoint)
Language and Vocabulary Development Facilitator Guide (PDF)
Publishers Criteria for ELA/Literacy
The ELA writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have
written two documents (grades K-2 and 3-12) to guide publishers
and curriculum developers in ensuring that curricular and
instructional materials align with the new standards adopted by
the State Board in August 2010. The documents focus on the most
critical concepts of the CCSS in reading, writing, speaking and
listening and language and are intended to delineate “what
matters most in the standards.”
This site houses a wide collection of instructional videos
focusing on the Common Core and English Language Arts.
Teachers' Domainis a free digital media service for
educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll
find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools
for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and
teacher professional learning communities.
Adolescent Literacy—Foundations for Writing
In the document, Writing Next, the authorspresents the
results of a large-scale statistical review of research on the
effects of specific types of writing interventions; they specify
teaching techniques for improving the quality of adolescent
CCSS ELA: Adolescent Literacy;
the Reading and Writing Connection
Writing to Read draws on statistical reviews of research
to highlight writing techniques shown to enhance students’
reading. The report provides evidence responding to the following
questions: Does writing about material students read enhance
their reading comprehension? Does teaching writing strengthen
students' reading skills? Does increasing how much students write
improve how well they read?
The International Reading Association
TheInternational Reading Associationwebsite is a great venue for
educational research and resources for classroom practice.Below
is the link to their Common Core Section, which includes book and
journal lists, instructional resources, professional development
opportunities, and external links to relevant Common Core issues
and partnerships. This site provides free access to a wealth of
information and resources; membership includes additional access
to IRA published journals.
National Council of
Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English is an American
professional organization dedicated to "improving the teaching
and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of
TextProject, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded in 2010 in
the state of California. It formalizes a decade-plus of ongoing
work by its founder, president and CEO,Elfrieda H.
(Freddy) Hiebert, to bring beginning and struggling readersto
high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and
tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.
The Center on Instruction offers materials and resources on
Literacy and English Language Arts that help educators improve
academic outcomes for students, address the problem of struggling
readers, and meet instructional challenges of diversity in
students' ability and readiness in learning to read.
Literacy Design Collaborative
This group of educators and curriculum experts has created
lessons and instructional tools for implementing the Common Core
Standards. The LDC approach involves writing in response to
reading. Below is the link to the LDC Guidebook and Template
The Student Achievement Partners group develops tools for
effective Standards implementation.
ASCD's EduCorewebsite offers valuable content, tools, and
resources congruent with the Common Core Standards, including
educational video clips, and modulesdesigned to support core
content teachers in implementing the Common Core State Standards.
This site offers content, tools, and resources aimed at improving
Check out this great Common Core App from MasteryConnect. Have
the standards at your fingertips instantly.
The Vermont Education
Join the Elementary Literacy Group for a wide collection of
research and resources for English Language Arts instruction and
assessment. For further information, resources, and opportunities
for discussion, visit the exchange.
Kris Breen, MS/HS English Language Arts & Literacy Coordinator, at email@example.com or (802) 479-1870
Lori Dolezal, Elementary Literacy Assessment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 479-1405