Common Core State Standards for ELA : Professional Development Modules
Module 1: Getting Familiar
Resources to help you learn what the initiative is all about and to develop general concepts about the ELA standards and appendices. Items presented in this module are intended to help educators get familiar with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, including the Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, and the three appendices. The standards and related documents are presented in various formats, in their entirety, chunked into smaller parts for easier access, and grouped for topical study. Suggestions for learning activities are also included.
Key Points in English Language Arts (PDF / Source: NGA and CCSSO)
Treasure Hunt (PDF) An exercise in discovering the Common Core State Standards for ELA and the various associated supporting tools.
An Approach to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (PDF) Making sense of the standards and support material.
A Guided Study to the Common Core State Standards for ELA - Appendix A As a significant first step toward understanding the intent of the ELA standards, study the information in Appendix A, presented here in segments with topics for discussion or to record for a portfolio.
Webinar: The Common Core State Standards - The Year of Study
An online series of webinars designed to guide ELA educators in Maine through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assist in developing an understanding of the document and its appendices, and establishing a foundation for approaching the standards in the classroom.
Introduction (Originally presented 11/3/10)
This session introduces the Common Core State Standards and explores how this historic document may affect the work of educators throughout Maine. In this presentation, Patsy Dunton and Lee Anne Larsen discuss:
- the layout and organization of all the CCSS documents for English Language Arts;
- some of the content within the document including definitions of text complexity, role of text types, and sample or suggested texts and students performance tasks;
- understanding the foundational skills presented in the document (K-5);
- implications for the Literacy standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects (specific to 6-12).
Click here to view the recorded presentation. (Flash* / Approximately 45 minutes)
Grade-span breakdown of the CCSS for ELA
Webinar: The Bibliography (Originally presented 12/7/10)
This presentation examines some of the articles, books, and papers which informed the development of the Common Core State Standards and the information found in the appendices. If you are seeking more information about resources to support professional learning, you will find detailed information in the presentation about several options in each of the four strands (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language).
Click here to view the recorded presentation. (Flash* / Approximately 47 minutes)
View or download a printable version of the presentation. (PDF)
Common Core State Standards Videos: Voices of the CCSS Authors
The Hunt Institute and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have developed a series of video vignettes that describe and explain the Common Core State Standards. In the videos, key Standards writers talk about how the Standards were developed, who was involved, and the goals they set for all students.
View online: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHuntInstitute.
ASCD Special Report: Common Core State Standards
Now that the Common Core State Standards in English and math have been
adopted by most states, how will teaching and learning change? This
two-part ASCD SmartBrief Special Report on the Common Core State
Standards offers educators a guide to the latest information.
Click here to read the report.
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