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. 

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

Persuasion Across Time and Space (Grades 6-8)

This unit shows instructional approaches that are likely to help English language learns (ELLs) meet new standards in English language arts. The lessons address potent literacy goals and build on students’ background knowledge and linguistic resources. Built around a set of famous persuasive...

Number of views: 57
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:53

The Story of an Hour (8th Grade Unit)

This unit is based on "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. The unit was created for use with eighth-grade English language learners. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on literacy concepts such as irony, and an opportunity for students to...

Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:39

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: 214
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:19

Writing “Just Right” Research Questions: Strategies for ELLs

In this blog post, the author presents some instructional strategies to support English language learners (ELLs) at the middle school level as they work with an element of one of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) writing anchor standards, and concludes with some resources on writing for ELLs.

Number of views: 60
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:15

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

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