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Lessons

Common Core-aligned sample lessons with explanations and supporting resources.

Featured Lessons

Annotated lesson sets that demonstrate close reading.

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ELA / Literacy Lesson Bank

Library of almost 300 free, teacher-developed lessons for grades 3-10.

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Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning (Beta)

The Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning Tool helps teachers prepare Common Core State Standard (CCSS)-aligned lessons.

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History / Social Studies Lessons

Common Core-aligned materials and lessons for teachers of history and social studies.

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Science and the Technical Subjects Lessons

Common Core-aligned materials and lessons for teachers of science and the technical subjects. 

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Sample Writing Tasks

These scaffolded analytical writing tasks provide examples for teaching Common Core writing. Designed for use with example lessons from the Basal Alignment Project (BAP).

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Common Core-Aligned Materials from EngageNY

Free units plans, lesson plans, Core-aligned texts, and student materials for teaching evidence-based claims. Available for grades 6-12.

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Student Writing Samples

Exemplars of student work aligned to the Common Core.

In Common: Effective Writing for All Students

The Common Core Standards emphasize the integration of content understanding and writing. In Common demonstrates this, using K-12 samples from around the country from all three types of Common Core writing: argument/opinion writing, informative/explanatory writing, and narrative writing.

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Knowing, Thinking, and Writing

One school's experience of discovering the impact of content mastery on student writing. Includes stories, techniques, and examples. By teacher Joey Hawkins.

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The Writing Revolution

New Dorp High School's inspiring story of using writing to turnaround their school and realize their student's potential. Article from The Atlantic.

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Assessment

Common Core-aligned sample assessment questions.

Before and After: The Literacy Shifts in Common Core Aligned Assessment

A set of examples illustrating what the literacy Shifts look like in CCSS-aligned assessment

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Educator Perspectives: Common Core Aligned Assessment

Teachers share stories of how their students are responding to shifts in assessment. New college and career ready standards are asking more of our students; here, teachers reflect on how aligned assessments support the hard work happening in classrooms and how students are rising to meet these higher expectations.

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Mini-assessment for Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Grade 3 fiction/literary.

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Mini-assessment for “Cactus Jam” by Ruth J. Luhrs

Grade 3 nonfiction.

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Mini-assessment for Basic Archaeology: “What’s a Dig?” and “What’s a Midden?” by David White

Grade 4 nonfiction.

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Mini-assessment for Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Grade 4 fiction/literary.

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Mini-assessment for "Who was Marco Polo" by Joan Holub and "The Adventure of Marco Polo" by Russell Freedman

Grade 5 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for two excerpts from The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

Grade 5 fiction/literary.

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Mini-assessment for “Bubblology”

Grade 5 nonfiction/informational.

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Mini-assessment for "Looking for Lunar Ice" by Mary Kay Carson

Grade 5 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

Grade 6 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for "Counting on Grace" by Elizabeth Winthrop

Grade 6 fiction/literary.

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Mini-assessment for “The Making of a Scientist” by Richard Feynman

Grade 6 nonfiction/informational.

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Mini-assessment for “Curse of the Poisoned Pretzel” by Paul Haven

Grade 6 fiction/literary.

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Mini-assessment for The Glorious Whitewasher from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Grade 7 fiction/literary

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Mini-assessment for Nature by Design by Bruce Brooks

Grade 7 nonfiction/informational.

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Mini-assessment for “Santorio Santorio and the Thermometer” by Robert Mulcahy

Grade 7 nonfiction/informational.

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Mini-assessment for “Farm to Factory” from The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Grade 7 nonfiction/informational.

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Mini-assessment for “The Digestive Process Begins” and “Final Digestion and Absorption.”

Grade 7 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for Chapter III from “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane

Grade 8 fiction/literary.

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Mini-assessment for 1984 by George Orwell

Grade 8 fiction/literary

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Mini-assessment for “Forensic Science” by Andrea Campbell

Grade 8 nonfiction/informational.

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Mini-assessment for “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen

Grade 8 literary/poetry

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Mini-assessment for "Long Night of Little Boats” by Basil Heatter

Grade 8 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for "Departure" by Sherwood Anderson

Grade 9 fiction/literary

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Mini-assessment for The Manhattan Project Text Set

Grade 9 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for "The Force" by Ellen J. Prager

Grade 10 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for Julius Caesar Act III Scene ii by William Shakespeare

Grade 10 fiction/literary

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Mini-assessment for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Grade 11 fiction/literary

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Mini-assessment for "Living Like Weasels" by Annie Dillard

Grade 11 literary nonfiction

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Mini-assessment for "Inaugural Address, 1801" by Thomas Jefferson

Grade 11 nonfiction/informational 

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Mini-assessment for "Is It a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?" By Susan B. Anthony

Grade 11 nonfiction/informational

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Mini-assessment for Stalagmite Trio

Grade 11 nonfiction/informational

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Curricular Tools

Resources for choosing complex texts, writing text-dependent questions, and planning for the year.

Text Complexity Collection

Includes tools for selecting texts that meet the complexity and quality demands of the CCSS.

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Text-Dependent Question Resources

Resources for writing and evaluating text-dependent questions.

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Louisiana Framework of Curriculum for ELA / Literacy

Common Core-aligned ELA / Literacy resources including year-long scope and sequence documents and assessment and planning guides.

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Supporting All Students

Strategies and materials to help educators support students at all levels of literacy.

Fluency Packet for the 4 -5 Grade Band

40 passages to help students build fluency.

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Fluency Packet for the 6 - 8 Grade Band

41 passages to help students build fluency.

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Fluency Resources for Struggling High School Readers

Webpage by education researcher Tim Rasinski. Includes fluency assessments and instructional strategies for teachers.

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Fluency Chart

Quick reference chart helps teachers identify readers who need fluency support, set goals, and track progress.

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Elements of Success For All With The CCSS: Grades K-5

Outlines the key areas in which to support struggling readers. By educators David and Meredith Liben.

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Elements of Success For All With The CCSS: Grades 6-12

Outlines the key areas in which to support struggling readers. By educators David and Meredith Liben.

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Realizing Opportunities for English Learners in the Common Core

Explores strategies for supporting English language learning students in mastering Common Core literacy.

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The Importance of Vocabulary and Syntax: Essay

Former teacher and principal David Liben explains the crucial role of vocabulary and syntax in teaching complex texts.

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'Both And' Literacy Instruction

This paper discusses  the essential elements of a comprehensive K-5 ELA/Literacy curriculum that aims to support all students in achieving the CCSS.

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Colorin Colorado

Resources in ELA / literacy and math for English Language Learners including classroom videos, teacher interviews, and bilingual parent tips.

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Professional Development

Ready-to-use modules include PowerPoints, videos, facilitator's instructions, and hands-on activities.

Complete Collection of PD Modules and Courses

The complete list of professional development materials developed by Student Achievement Partners. Flexible and ready-to-use for PD sessions, professional learning, and self-study.

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