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. 

Butterfly Unit: Accessing Complex Text in the Primary Grades

This kindergarten class of English language learners (ELLs) demonstrates Lily Wong Fillmore's guidance in how teachers can support students in acquiring and using academic language and working successfully with complex text. These ELL kindergartners have engaged in a unit studying butterflies where...

Number of views: 63
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:34

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

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: 56
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:53

Bilingual Curriculum among the Northern Arapaho: Oral Tradition, Literacy, and Performance

In this article, the author suggests that “Northern Arapaho language classrooms, led by Native-speaking, traditionally oriented elders, offer perhaps the best example within the culture of how traditional practices of oral performance can be mediated via written materials in such a way that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 08/11/2014 - 11:53

Field Ecology in a Cultural Context

The authors of this article describe their development of  a module that integrates modern ecological theory within an American Indian (AI) cultural framework. In the weeklong field study course in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Lakota Sioux high school students explore woodpecker habitat selection and...

Number of views: 54
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:03

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

Strategically Enhancing ELL Access to the Language Demands of College and Career-Ready Standards (Part 2)

This PowerPoint presentation discusses ways of strategically enhancing English Language Learners' (ELLs) access to the language demands of college- and career-ready standards. The presentation provides a rationale for improved teacher professional development on the language of standards and...

Number of views: 53
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 17:24

"Language of Math" Task Templates

"Language of Math" Task Templates are language-focused activities that can be used by teachers to design and write their own language-focused activities. These are used or adapted tasks from two publicly accessible curriculum projects, Inside Mathematics and Mathematics Assessment Project. They...

Number of views: 53
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:28

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