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English Language Arts Shift Kit

The English Language Arts Kit was designed to give English teachers and administrators of Grades 6-12 some background information on what is expected for student achievement with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the area of English language arts.

Contents of the kit include:

  • Introduction of English language arts
  • Presentation materials to build capacity at the school level
  • Instructional resources responsive to the demands of the CCSS
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newA Look at English Language Arts in Schools/Districts
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Critical Directions
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  • Angelis, J., Polsinelli, K., Rougle, E., & Shogan, J.The right climate for the core. Educational Leadership, 70(4). Online availability only*
  • Lapp, D. and Fisher, D. (2012), Persuasion = Stating and arguing claims well. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy55(7), 641–644.
  • Leu, D. J., Gregory McVerry, J., Ian O'Byrne, W., Kiili, C., Zawilinski, L., Everett-Cacopardo, H., Kennedy, C. and Forzani, E. (2011). The new literacies of online reading comprehension: Expanding the literacy and learning curriculum.                                               Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(1), 5–14.
  • Roberts, T. & Billings, L. (2011).  Using seminars to teach common core’s speaking and listening standards. [White Paper]. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education. 
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Chief Council of State School Officer's Adolescent Literacy Toolkit: English Language Arts Lesson Plans, Narratives, and Literacy Q&A

University of Wisconsin-Madison created a bibliography of paired fiction and nonfiction classic and contemporary works for MS and HS ELA educators.

Adding Informational Text to My English Classroom 

ThinkLiteracy: 7th-9th Reading and Writing Strategies

ThinkLiteracy: 10th - 12th Reading and Writing Strategies 

  • Writing to Read Synopsis: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading 
  •  Read Write Think Strategy Guides: Guided Writing   This strategy guide explains how to use small-group, guided writing instruction to teach students effective strategies and improve their ability to produce text independently.
  • Implementing the Writing Process  This strategy guide explains the writing process and offers practical methods for applying it  in your classroom to help students become proficient writers
  • Peer Review  This strategy guide explains how you can employ peer review in your classroom, guiding students as they offer each other constructive feedback to improve writing and communication skills.
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  • All Grades:       Teaching Channel is a video showcase, on the Internet and TV, of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools.                
  • All Grades:     The Content Area Specialists for English Language Arts and Data/Assessment have written strategies for the Common Core State Standards for Literature and Informational Text. Click on Common Core under the Learning Standards heading. Click on ELA Educator Resources. Click on 6-12 Literature and Informational Text Strategies
  • Grades 6-12:   This site houses a collection of lesson plans with handouts by Ray Saitz and many contributors; all of the lessons have been used and refined in the classroom.
  • Grades 6-12:     Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, videos, e-texts, technology integration, criticism, and classroom activities. Permission to link is granted to any educational site. 
  • Grades 6-12:   The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. We provide professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.
  • Grades K-12:   Read Write Think is run by National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. There are links and downloads as well as webinars for common core and ideas for implementing it.
  • Grades 6-12:   National Council of Teachers of English is dedicated to Common Core State Standards. Check this website out for lesson plans, videos and resources.


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