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. 

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: 59
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:15

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

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

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: 45
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:40

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

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

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

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

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