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Printable version of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) incorporates literacy into middle and high school content areas. Designed to make literacy instruction the foundation of the core subjects, LDC allows teachers to build content on top of a coherent approach to literacy. The LDC framework is used by teachers as common templates to create LDC tasks, modules, and courses designed to teach students to meet CCSS Literacy standards while engaging in demanding content.

The Core Task Project is a professional learning model that challenges assumptions and addresses the “instructional shifts.” Further, it answers the question, “What does it mean to do the Core?” Inquiry based and developed by teachers, the CTP uses Close Reading Exemplars, developed by Student Achievement Partners, as a means to refine classroom instruction so that is matched to the CCSS.

This is a blog maintained by Timothy Shanahan that focuses on Information regarding teaching and assessing reading, writing, and literacy as it relates to the Common Core State Standards. Tim Shanahan is Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

This is an evolving, collaborative platform for educators and a resource site for getting started with the shifts to the Common Core.

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Common Core curriculum mapping samples sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

A document by David Coleman, one of the lead writers of the CCSS, elaborates on the relationship between the standards and the arts.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) offers books, online learning, journal articles, lesson plans, and more to support your focus on keeping students at the center of instruction.

ILA offers a variety of tools to help you in the process of implementing the ELA Common Core State Standards. You'll find links to books and journal articles, resources from Reading Today and our members-only section, professional development opportunities such as webinars and live events, community conversations, and non-ILA websites that contain pertinent information.

The Basal Alignment Project (BAP) builds district capacity to better align existing materials to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy while new CCSS-aligned materials are developed and published. School districts, publishers, education organizations and others can link to the site or download and adapt materials that can be widely available to teachers and students. On this site you can learn more about the BAP and how to access these resources.

The Understanding Language Project at Stanford University has published an instructional unit aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) that shows instructional approaches that are likely to help English learners meet the CCSS ELA standards. The unit, Persuasion Across Time and Space, includes more than 230 pages of resources, complete with full student handouts.