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. 

Text Complexity and English Learners—Building Vocabulary

As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 124
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:48

Burro's Tortillas (1st Grade Unit)

This examplar first-grade unit contains 9 lessons and is based upon the picture book Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields, a Southwestern adaptation of The Little Red Hen. It includes a "realia" walk, interactive readings, and a cooperative paragraph.

Number of views: 37
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:08

Burro's Tortillas: Introducing Burro’s Tortillas

In this video, the teacher introduces the Burro's Tortillas lesson plan, explains its connection to "The Little Red Hen," and discusses why her students love the story. This is an example of culturally responsive instruction that makes text-to-text connections.

Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:13

Burro's Tortillas: Making Text-to-Text Connections

The teacher uses Venn Diagram to compare Burro's Tortillas and "The Little Red Hen." The teacher provides story details and elements, and scaffolded instruction through the use of visuals.

Number of views: 59
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:17

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: 49
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:45

Burro's Tortillas: Writing a Cooperative Paragraph

In this video, the teacher walks her students through a cooperative paragraph summarizing story beginning, middle, and end, using small group work, visual support to foster interaction and oral language development and content-embedded written "mistakes" to teach spelling, punctuation, and...

Number of views: 39
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:48

Burro's Tortillas: Using “Realia” to Build Background Knowledge

In this video, the teacher describes the "realia" activity she used to introduce Burro's Tortillas and some of the items she brought into the classroom for the lesson. To build and connect to background knowledge, the teacher uses culturally relevant artifacts and activities and student's native...

Number of views: 66
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:51

Cinderella (4th Grade Unit)

This examplar fourth grade unit contains six lessons and is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on context clues and idioms, and an opportunity for students to write their own fairy tale.

Number of views: 140
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52

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