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: 176
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: 127
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

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: 46
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:40

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