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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 over 500 free, teacher-developed lessons for grades K-12.

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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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Annotated Mini-Assessments

A growing collection of English language arts / literacy mini-assessments that illustrate the shifts required by the Standards. These mini-assessments are designed for teachers to use either in the classroom, for self-learning, or in professional development settings.

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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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Tools for Planning

Resources for lesson planning, including choosing complex texts and writing text-dependent questions.

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 2 - 3 Grade Band

40 passages to help students build fluency.

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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 Packet for the 9 - 10 Grade Band

40 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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