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. 

Voki (Speaking Avatar)

This is a free version of an online tool to create customized speaking characters (with supporting lessons for 25 languages).

Number of views: 20
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:16

eType

This is a free version of an online dictionary and translator to use while typing.

Number of views: 15
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:11

Shahi

This resource is an online visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images.

Number of views: 11
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:08

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: 94
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:05

Interacting with Complex Texts: Scaffolding Reading

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In this video, the teacher works with struggling students and prepares them to access complex text by scaffolding their background knowledge on the text.

Number of views: 95
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:02

Interacting with Complex Texts: Jigsaw Project

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In this lesson, students work in groups to analyze speeches (complex oral texts) and share expertise. This resource provides insight on effective use of heterogeneous grouping and scaffolding techniques.

Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:58

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: 23
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:47

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