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Companion Resources for Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5 - Previous Revision

This site offers companion materials for the book Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5. (Click here to purchase a copy.)

Resources include:

  • reproducible materials from the book
  • links to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) website, as well as to other standards-related sites
  • links to NCTE position statements, guidelines, and publications

Section I: Observing the CCSS

Chapter 1: Demystifying the Common Core State Standards

Web 1.2  Updates on CCSS assessments from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium

Figure 1.1 Structural relationships of the CCSS

Web 1.3  Visit the Open Forum in the NCTE Connected Community to discuss the CCSS with other teachers and to share your experiences.

Web 1.4  Examples of text complexity (see page 58 of this PDF)

Web 1.5  The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium

Section II: Contextualizing

Chapter 2: Reading Deeply: Themes and Ideas within Rich Texts
Figure 2.1 An excerpt from students' blogs about theme in Scott's classroom (PDF)

Figure 2.2 Pathways to planning and enacting instruction (PDF)

Chapter 3: Getting to the Point: Determining Main Ideas and Summarizing Text
Chapter 4: Inferring with Support: The Heart of Comprehension
Figure 4.1  RAN chart that Erin uses to help her reflect on her instruction (PDF)

Section III: Building

Chapter 5: Individual Considerations: Keeping Students at the Center
Figure 5.1 Reading the CCSS with an example (PDF)

Figure 5.2 Planning with students at the center (PDF)

Figure 5.3 Questions for planning with students at the center (PDF)

Figure 5.4 Questions for planning template (PDF)

Figure 5.5 Unit plan template (PDF)

Figure 5.6 Year/course unit planning template (PDF)

Chapter 6: Working Collaboratively to Enact the CCSS
Web 6.1 Resources for building school-wide literacy initiatives:

The NCTE book Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders

A recording of the NCTE Web seminar "On Teaching Content: Building a Schoolwide Culture"

Information about the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE)

Chapter 5, "Develop and Implement a Schoolwide Literacy Action Plan," from the ASCD publication Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy by Judith L. Irvin, Julie Meltzer and Melinda S. Dukes

Web 6.2 Teachers as Readers: Forming Book Groups as Professionals (NCTE Guideline)

Web 6.3 Online forum: Learn about the NCTE Connected Community

Figure 6.1 Grade-level distinctions planning template (PDF)

Figure 6.2 Grade-level distinctions example (PDF)

Web 6.4

Chapter 7: Becoming a Teacher Advocate

Appendix B: NCTE Principles

NCTE Principles Regarding Teachers as Decision-Makers

Features of Literacy Programs: A Decision-Making Matrix (NCTE Commission on Reading, 2005) PDF

Resolution on Scripted Curricula (2008)

Resolution on Affirming the Role of Teachers and Students in Developing Curriculum (2010)

NCTE Principles Regarding Reading Instruction

On Reading, Learning to Read, and Effective Reading Instruction: An Overview of What We Know and How We Know It (NCTE Commission on Reading)

NCTE Principles Regarding the Teaching of Writing

NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing (Writing Study Group of the NCTE Executive Committee, 2004)

NCTE Principles Regarding Speaking and Listening

Guideline on the Essentials of English (1982)

NCTE Principles Regarding Language Instruction

Learning through Language: A Call for Action in All Disciplines (NCTE Language and Learning Across the Curriculum Committee)

NCTE Principles Regarding Teaching English Language Learners

NCTE Position Paper on the Role of English Teachers in Educating English Language Learners (ELLs) (NCTE ELL Task Force, 2006)

NCTE Principles Regarding 21st Century Literacies

21st Century Curriculum and Assessment Framework (2008)

NCTE Principles Regarding Assessment

Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing, Revised Edition (Joint IRA-NCTE Task Force on Assessment, 2009)

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