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. 

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

Literacy Design Collaborative

LDC is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas. Tools and resources include the Teacher Workspace, LDC Exemplary Module Library, Collaborative...

Number of views: 51
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:52

Burro's Tortillas: Interactive Reading of a Story

In this video, the teacher conducts an interactive reading of the final pages of Burro's Tortillas. Features include explicit attention on story beginning, middle, and end; review of story details such as character, plot, and dialogue; interactive dialogue; story theme/message; and use of...

Number of views: 51
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:45

Implementing the Common Core for English Learners: Responses to Common Questions

This Practitioner Brief by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is written in response to the many questions encountered by the CAL staff about integrating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into content area curricula for English learners.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 10/29/2014 - 14:58

Disciplinary Literacies Across Content Areas: Supporting Secondary Reading Through Functional Language Analysis

By making discipline-specific ways of using language explicit (and exploring meaning in content area texts), teachers can help adolescents better engage with school knowledge and more effectively develop disciplinary literacies across academic content areas.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:13

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

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