English Language Arts/Literacy


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)

View Common Core ELA Resources on Scoop.it

Materials from Assessment Design Workshop (2013)

Navigating Text Complexity

Sources for Informational Text

Close Reading Resources

Writing Resources


Videos for Instructional Support

Other Useful Literacy Links

Instructional Materials / Evaluation Tools

Common Core ELA Professional Development Modules:

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.
· Foundational 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.
· Foundational 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 sessions.
· Language and Vocabulary Development Module (Powerpoint)
· Language and Vocabulary Development Facilitator Guide (PDF)

Research Project

A sample short focused research project for first grade students:

The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards

Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing


Seeing the Future: A report addressing how the Common Core will affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in grades 3-12 across America

Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade: Practice Guide from Doing What Works (Institute of Education Science)

Experts in the field cite research and offerspecific evidence-based recommendations thataddress the challenge of teaching reading comprehension to students in kindergarten through3rd grade.


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.”

The Teaching Channel

This site houses a wide collection of instructional videos focusing on the Common Core and English Language Arts.

The Teachers' Domain

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.

CCSS ELA: 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 students’ writing.

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 education.

Text Project, Inc.

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.

Center on 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.

The 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 Tasks.

Achieve the Core

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.

PD 360

This site offers content, tools, and resources aimed at improving professional practice.


Check out this great Common Core App from MasteryConnect. Have the standards at your fingertips instantly.

The Vermont Education Exchange

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 kris.breen@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1870

Lori Dolezal, Elementary Literacy Assessment Coordinator, at lori.dolezal@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1405

Page Last Updated on April 17, 2014