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: 123
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:48

Authentic First Peoples Resources: Books for Use in K–7 Classrooms

This is a great resource that identifies more than 100 books, historical and contemporary, by and/or about First Peoples (the terminology used in Canada to refer to the indigenous peoples of the Americas who are neither Inuit or Métis). The books depict themes and issues that are important within...

Number of views: 75
Date created: 06/13/2014 - 16:29

Reading and Language Arts Curricula in Elementary and Secondary Education for American Indians and Alaska Natives

In this article, the author reviews literature addressing reading and language arts curricula for Native students, with a goal to provide teachers with helpful instructional tools. An overview is presented of theories of first and second language acquisition and learning, stages of language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 98
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 09:31

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

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