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. 

Preparing Learners: Activating Prior Knowledge

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In the video, students are shown how to use a three-step interview process to analyze the language forms used in an informal persuasive situation to better understand the structural, organizational, grammatical, and lexical/...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:52

Preparing Learners: Ethos, Pathos & Logos

A part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit, this lesson shows a process of how students can use evidence to analyze how rhetorical devices are used to persuade a reader or audience. Students must build on each other's answers to reach a consensus on an answer.

Number of views: 24
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:47

Extending Understanding: Vocabulary Development Through Interaction

A part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit, this video focuses on using vocabulary activities to extend student understanding after completing activities around a complex text. This video aims to extend student understanding of the vocabulary found in the Gettysburg Address.

Number of views: 47
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:40

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: 25
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: 178
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: 107
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: 153
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: 71
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:51

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