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Dr. Melissa Shields, NBCT
Etowah County Schools

A Common Core Quiz (Poll Everywhere - Get out your cell phones!)


Literacy Coaches/Instructional Partners' CCRS PPT Shared With Feeder Pattern Middle School - Created by Cara Whitehead and Jennifer Dunnagan

CCRS Instructional Strategies (Great ready-to-use ELA strategies for grades 3-12)

ELA Common Core Principals of Development: http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/d1MVErnOD7c
ELA Common Core Key Changes: http://www.youtube.com/v/JDzTOyxRGLI

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Website: http://www.corestandards.org/

ELA CCRS: What the Teacher Should Do...What the Principal Should Do

Alabama ELA Common Core Must-See Materials

  • Text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.

  • Student Samples These student samples that have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards 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.
  • Alabama Added Standards

Alabama ELA CCRS "Checklists" and Correlations (CCRS, Common Core, and EOCT Correlations)

Common Core Best of the Web

Is Your Lesson a True CCSS Lesson? Use this rubric to evaluate yourself! Tri-State Quality CCSS Rubrics

Common Core Parent Guides (National PTA): http://pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583&RDtoken=35929&userID=

Achieve the Core: http://www.achievethecore.org/

Melissa's Common Core Resources Pinterest Board:http://pinterest.com/mjshields/common-core/

Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Common Core Toolkit:http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21CommonCoreToolkit.pdf

Laying the Foundation (LTF) Common Core Resources for grades 6-10 (including brief webinars): http://www.ltftraining.org/LearnMore/LTFandCommonCore.aspx

Kid-friendly Standards (also posted in Spanish): http://omsd.omsd.k12.ca.us/departments/lss/standards/Pages/standards.aspx

Common Core Teacher Toolkit K-3rd grade (with media, strategies, lesson and unit plans, centers, and assessment: http://www.readtennessee.org/teachers/common_core_standards.aspx

Free Common Core-Aligned Lessons and Web Activities to Utilize with Interactive White Board: http://www.kleinspiration.com/2012/03/free-common-core-aligned-lessons-and.html

Etowah County Schools ELA CCRS Website

Literacy Design Collaborative

The Literacy Design Collaborative is committed to equipping middle and high school students with the literacy skills they will need to succeed in their later education, their careers, and their communities, working through many different partnerships to meet that literacy challenge. We believe students can and must reach significantly higher levels of reading, writing, and thinking and we embrace the challenging expectations set by the new Common Core State Standards. The Literacy Design Collaborative is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This collection provides a first set of template tasks for implementing the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) strategy. The larger LDC framework calls for the development of other task collections, with this first set as a prototype for implementing LDC’s overall approach to meeting the literacy challenge set by the Common Core State Standards.

LDC template tasks are fill-in-the-blank “shells” that allow teachers inserting the texts to be read, writing to be produced, and content to be addressed. When filled in, template tasks create high-quality student assignments that develop reading, writing, and thinking skills in the context of learning science, history, English, and other subjects. Template tasks are built off of the Common Core State Standards. They specify the subjects and levels of student work for which they can be used, and they come with rubrics that can be used to score the resulting student work. Template tasks may also include Level 2 and Level 3 additions that can be used or omitted to vary the task demands. LDC teaching tasks are student assignments that teachers create by using LDC template tasks and filling in their choices of texts to be read, writing to be produced, and content to be addressed. A typical LDC teaching task is designed for students to develop their responses over two to four weeks of classroom time.

This template task collection supports all three writing types specified by the Common Core State Standards (argumentation, informational or explanatory text, and narrative) and provides opportunities for work with nine text structures. The summary table that follows indicates the content areas for which each type of template is likely to be appropriate.

Vertical Alignment Charts - Great way to see how each standard evolves each year.

Reading Standards for Literature (K-6), Legal Sized (Jordan School District, Utah)
More Flow Charts for ELA K-6

CCSS Reading Informational Text Standards K-5

CCSS Reading Literature Standards K-5

CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards K-5

CCSS Reading Foundation Standards K-5

CCSS Writing Standards K-5

CCSS Language Arts Standards for Language K-5

CCSS Reading Informational Text Standards 6-12

CCSS Reading Informational Text Standards for History/Social Studies

CCSS Reading Informational Text Standards for Science & Technical Subjects

CCSS Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

CCSS Writing Standards 6-12

CCSS Language Arts Standards for Language 6-12

WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum)

Writing Across the Curriculum "Tried and True" Activities to meet the CCRS Literacy Standards for Math, Science, and History

K-6 Multidisciplinary Unit Lessons for every CCSS

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

Close Reading Strategies

Selective Highlighting: Reading with a Purpose

All Grades, ELA, Evidence

Literary Analysis Through Interactive Stations

Grades 9-12, ELA, EngagementCCSS: ELA.RL.11-12.2 ELA.SL.11-12.1a ELA.RL.9-10.2