CCSS English Language Arts/Literacy


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 Link to the ELA Common Core Standards


Collated information and ideas around a topic in an online magazine format.

scoop it

This is a link to our CCSS ELA Scoop:



Seeing the Future:


How the Common Core Will Affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in Grades 3-12 Across America




FYI for Kids is a collection of engaging and high-quality magazine articles designed to enhance the Common Core classroom’s reading repertoire.

The objective of this project is to demonstrate a type of text that is essential for increasing students’ engagement in and proficiency with complex texts—short engaging articles that communicate critical information.

Sharing the Common Core Standards with students


IES Practice Guide
 Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Experts in the field cite research and offer specific evidence-based recommendations that address the challenge of teaching reading comprehension to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade.


Check out this article from Education Week addressing interdisciplinary unit planning: 

The International Reading Association website 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.





Center On Instruction



Visit the Center on Instruction for a collection of scientifically based resources on instruction for ALL students.


Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project, funded by the U.S Department of Education. The website offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching reading. In addition to an all access pass to research and instructional resources, educators may view free Webinars and video clips, many of which are led by leading researchers in the field. The main page offers links for parents, teachers, principals, librarians, and other professionals.

 reading rockets




The American Educational Research Association (AERA) advocates the use of research to advance knowledge in education and learning processes. Members enjoy access to current, innovative research in a wide variety of educational domains.



The following link is from the Digital Media Gallery, in the Newsroom, where various leaders, authors, and scholars discuss current issues, research projects, and events in education.



CAST UDL Book Builder




Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.           


ASCD's EduCore website offers valuable content, tools, and resources congruent with the Common Core Standards, including educational videoclips, and modules designed to support core content teachers in implementing the Common Core State Standards.





The creators and contributors at Edutopia provide educational ideas and instructional support, with a focus on critical and creative thinking, collaboration, cross-curricular integration, project based learning, comprehensive assessment practices, effective integration of technology, and teacher professional development.








Dr. Timothy Shanahan is a prominent literacy researcher who maintains a blog containing valuable information about teaching and assessing literacy skills, with emphasis on Common Core Standards.

Deep Reading

Kelly Gallagher is an author/educator with twenty years of experience in secondary English education. He is also an adjunct professor at California State University. He has authored several quality books, including DeeperReading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12 (Stenhouse 2004). In this text, he offers methods for helping students successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension.

Visit his site: Building Deeper Readers & Writers for more information and very valuable instructional strategies.






            Literacy Design Collaborative

       This group of educators and curriculum experts have created lessons and instructional tools for implementing the Common Core Standards. The LDC approach involves writing in response to reading. Below is the link for the LDC Guidebook and Template Tasks:



LDC template tasks are fill-in-the-blank “shells” built off the Common Core standards. They allow teachers to insert 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.   
Task Collections are based on the types of writing required in the Common Core Standards (argumentative, narrative, and informative).


Tri-State Quality Review Rubric


The Tri-State Collaborative(composed of educational leaders from Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island and facilitated by Achieve) has developed criterion-based rubrics and review processes to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and ELA/Literacy.

Student Achievement Partners

Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by three of the contributing authors to the Common Core that develops tools for effective standards implementation, released four professional development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the Common Core. The four modules cover: the Common Core Shifts in Math, the Common Core Shifts in ELA/Literacy, Creating Text Dependent Questions in ELA/Literacy, and Instructional Leadership in the context of the Common Core.

The modules are intended be shared widely for use directly by individual educators, in professional learning communities, or for preparing to lead the professional development in a school or district setting. 



In The Challenge of Advanced Texts: The Interdependence of Reading and Learning
Marilyn Jager Adams reviews the research on advanced (complex) text and vocabulary instruction, with recommendations for building content knowledge.

Reaching the Goal: 
The Applicability and Importance of the Common 
Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

Reaching the Goal:
 In August 2011, EPIC completed a study on the Common Core State Standards. They asked a national sample of entry-level college instructors to rate the applicability of each Common Core State Standard in comparison to their courses. The Study analyzes ratings from instructors of courses at two- and four-year degree-granting institutions, including courses commonly required for two-year certificates that would be necessary to enter a career pathway. We selected 25 courses to be representative examples of common offerings in seven major subject areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Business Management, Computer Technology, &Healthcare.



 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 readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.


Publishers Criteria for ELA/Literacy

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.” 


Grades K-2
Grades 3-12

FYI for Kids is a collection of engaging and high-quality magazine articles designed to enhance the Common Core classroom’s reading repertoire.

The objective of this project is to demonstrate a type of text that is essential for increasing students’ engagement in and proficiency with complex texts—short engaging articles that communicate critical information.