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. 

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: 65
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

Cinderella: Learning About Genre

In this video, the teacher discusses the hands-on way she tackles teaching the concept of genre with her students and how that plays a part in her lesson planning. She offers graphic organizers and charts to support student learning, hands-on opportunities to interact with a variety of book, and ...

Number of views: 105
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:56

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

Cinderella: Introducing Different Versions of Cinderella

In this classroom video, the teacher introduces a character study of Cinderella by sharing a number of diverse versions of the Cinderella story, chosen to reflect the cultures of her students.

Number of views: 24
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:02

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

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