Overviews of the Standards

This Hunt Institute video outlines the key shifts in the California Standards for ELA. http://educore.ascd.org/Resource/Video/9239395e-eced-4703-88fd-be3703bf241f

The International Reading Association (IRA) developed a white paper on implementing the California Standards. Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA California Standards

English Language Arts
This PowerPoint presentation outlines the Key Shifts of the English Language Arts standards. Click here to download the PowerPoint.

Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, authors of “Understanding by Design,” wrote a white paper titled “From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas,” which discusses five big ideas they identify as important to understanding and implementing the Common Core Standards. This is available at Educore (http://educore.ascd.org/default.aspx) under “About the Common Core.” You will have to complete a registration page to download the information.

California Department of Education CCS Resources

CCSS English Language Arts Recources
This page provides several downloadable documents, including the California Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, grade-level curriculum, research that supports the standards, and materials to implement the standards. It also provides links to videos, presentations, and professional development materials.

California Common Core Standards Learning Modules
This CDE resource is the product of collaborative efforts between the California Department of Education and content and professional learning experts throughout California to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards.

Resources on Text Complexity

This ASCD page provides videos of experts discussing text complexity.

This article titled The Challenge of Challenging Text
by Timothy Shanahan, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, discusses what makes texts complex.

Resources from Other States

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Common Core Resources
Under the heading, Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies for English & Language Arts Reading Literature, ISBE provides two PDF documents for download, K-5 and 6-12, that list formative assessments, standards, and teaching strategies that align with the Common Core Standards.

Ohio Department of Education
Ohio teachers worked in teams in 2010 to suggest instructional strategies and resources that align with the ELA CCS. To download the documents, scroll down to Model Curriculum to find the resource for each grade level.

This site provides a range of resources about the Common Core Standards, including curriculum, assessments, a video library, and much more.

Additional Resources

This is ASCD's free digital tool, which was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards in mathematics and English language arts and literacy.

The Teaching Channel
This site provides educator-uploaded videos of Common Core-aligned lessons within a searchable database.

ASCD Common Core State Standards Resources
This page contains ASCD's resources to support Common Core Standards implementation.

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