Common Core State Standards
"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."
Common Core Aligned Units and Lessons
Developing CC Proficiencies
The Odell Education Literacy Instruction: Developing Core Proficiencies program is an integrated set of English Language Arts units spanning grades 6-12 funded by the USNY Regents Research Fund. The program is comprised of a series of four 3-week units at each grade level that provide direct instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the CCSS:
Shifts of Literacy Instruction
6 Shifts in ELA/Literacy
Further Literacy Shifts Resources
High Quality Web Resources
"Teaching Channel is a video showcase -- on the Internet and TV -- of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools."
Committee Selected Teaching Channel Videos
Socratic Seminars: Patience & Practice
Jigsaws: A Strategy for Understanding Texts
Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence
Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites
Improving Research Skills with Effective Keywords
Arguing the Pros and Cons of Teen Driving
Simplifying Text Complexity
Poetry Visualization: Draw What You Hear
ReadWorks provides over 1,400 K-8 non-fiction and literary reading passages, each with a research-based question set to support student comprehension.
Achieve the Core
"Free, high-quality resources for educators to implement the Common Core State Standards."
Literacy Design Collaborative
"LDC offers a framework for building the college-and-career-ready literacy skills specified by the Common Core State Standards. Within LDC, students develop their reading and writing skill as they take on teaching tasks that set demanding assignments in science, history, English, or another subject."
Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other.
Share My Lesson has a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards.
Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world.
Kelly Gallagher - Article of the Week
"To help build his students’ prior knowledge, author Kelly Gallagher assigns them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. By the end of the school year he wants his students to have read 35 to 40 articles about what is going on in the world. It is not enough to simply teach students to recognize theme in a given novel; if students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text."
Text to Text: A Strategy for Common Core Close Reading
Vale Middle School - Article of the Week
"VMS Articles of the Week were developed using strategies originally created by Kelly Gallagher and have been modified to meet the needs of Vale Middle School students using Oregon Department of Education reading sample guidelines and Common Core State Standards. The content of these articles is constantly evolving in order to best meet the needs of VMS students. Educators from other school districts are welcome to borrow from these articles so long as credit is given to Kelly Gallagher and VMS for the work/effort put into each week's article."