Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Using Sentence Frames to Jumpstart Writing

Teachers can support student writing by using sentence frames which provide the option for varied responses. This technique helps students understand what the answer might look like.

Number of views: 97
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:05

Focusing on Language with the Common Core

This resource presents an in-depth discussion of the rich language used in a picture-book version of Cinderella, paying particular attention to idioms and context clues to determine meaning and test students' comprehension.

Number of views: 20
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:24

Cinderella: Identifying Evidence from the Text

In this video clip, the teacher explains to two students how to find and use evidence from the text while reading a picture-book version of Cinderella. She encourages her students to differentiate between the information they learn from illustrations and from the text and also introduces them to...

Number of views: 193
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:19

Cinderella: Introducing Different Versions of Cinderella

In this classroom video, the teacher introduces a character study of Cinderella by sharing a number of diverse versions of the Cinderella story, chosen to reflect the cultures of her students.

Number of views: 24
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:02

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

Cinderella: Learning About Genre

In this video, the teacher discusses the hands-on way she tackles teaching the concept of genre with her students and how that plays a part in her lesson planning. She offers graphic organizers and charts to support student learning, hands-on opportunities to interact with a variety of book, and ...

Number of views: 105
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:56

Cinderella (4th Grade Unit)

This examplar fourth grade unit contains six lessons and is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on context clues and idioms, and an opportunity for students to write their own fairy tale.

Number of views: 140
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52

Burro's Tortillas: Using “Realia” to Build Background Knowledge

In this video, the teacher describes the "realia" activity she used to introduce Burro's Tortillas and some of the items she brought into the classroom for the lesson. To build and connect to background knowledge, the teacher uses culturally relevant artifacts and activities and student's native...

Number of views: 66
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:51

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