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Using the ELA / Literacy Publishers’ Criteria to Better Understand the Standards

Through close examination of the Publishers’ Criteria in ELA / Literacy for Grades 3-12, this 1-2 hour module intends to give teachers and administrators a deeper understanding of the Standards and their implication for instructional resources.  This information will help educators judge classroom materials and reflect on the appropriate use of existing resources and strategies.

Facilitator's Guide

Read this first! Detailed guide for presenters including a summary of the activities, suggested delivery of module, and annotations for the additional resources.

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Pre-read Documents: Publishers' Criteria for Literacy

These documents should be used for pre-reading to familiarize participants with the content of this module.

Publishers' Criteria for Literacy for Grades K-2

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Publishers' Criteria for Literacy for Grades 3-12

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Discussion Questions for Publisher's Criteria

Discussion Questions for the Publishers' Criteria

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Video Resources

Webinar Discussing Text Complexity

This ASCD webinar features David Liben of Student Achievement Partners discussing different features of text complexity and describing measurement tools that can be used in professional development settings

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“Understanding Quality: EQuIP” by Achieve

This video features Sue Pimentel, a leading author of the Common Core Standards, facilitating a group of educators who are engaged in evaluating text for complexity.

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“The Common Core State Standards: Emphasis on Complex Text” by McGraw Hill

This video features Dr. Timothy Shanahan discussing the need for complex text in the classroom. (1:18)

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“Literary Non-Fiction in the Classroom: Opening New Worlds for Students” by the Hunt Institute

This video features David Coleman, a leading author of the Common Core Standards, discussing the different genres of text incorporated in the Standards. (2:27)

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Web Resources

Started in Reno, Nevada in 2011, the Core Task Project is spreading to other districts who want to directly involve teachers in an immersion experience and peer-to-peer learning. This site features articles, blog posts, and videos centered on Common Core State Standards.

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This website consists of a variety of resources for teachers, students, and professional development materials centered around text complexity.

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Huffington Post Article

This article from the Huffington Post, written by lead authors of the CCSS David Coleman and Susan Pimentel, clarifies the role of fiction and literature in the high school English Language Arts classroom.

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