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. 

ALDN Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a graphic organizer showing four important conversation skills (create, clarify, support, and evaluate and compare) and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.

Number of views: 129
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:28

ALDN Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a mathematics graphic organizer highlighting four important conversation skills when building math understandings and ideas: Clarify a problem and ideas for solving it, Discuss representations and models, Explain and support reasoning, and Use multiple methods for solving. 

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:42

ALDN Math Paired Conversation Protocol

This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems. It provides support with the language needed to clarify problems and ideas for solving them, generate multiple approaches and representations, explain and support reasoning, and negotiate ideas.

Number of views: 126
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:49

ALDN Argumentation Activities

This set of activities helps students practice their abilities to build and challenge ideas using evidence-based reasoning. It focuses on building students’ argumentation skills in preparation for debates, structured academic controversies, discussions, and argument-based written and multimedia...

Number of views: 29
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:54

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

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