English Language Arts/Literacy Support and Resources

By Diann Roberts
ELA/Reading Coordinator at the SDE

As we move closer to full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), I would like to make sure you are aware of the resources available to you on the SDE website. We are working hard to continually add resources to the site to assist you with your strong implementation of the CCSS in your classroom.

In the ELA/Literacy Tool Box, you will find:

  • Links to get you started with the CCSS
  • The actual standards by grade level and in grade spans so you can see the sequencing of the documents
  • Examples of instructional practices
  • Professional development resources
  • A glimpse into the new SBAC assessment.

Also, please keep the six main ELA shifts in mind as you begin using the CCSS in your classroom. (www.engageNY.org)

  1. Balancing Informational and Literary text in your classroom: Students read a true balance of informational and literary texts in their studies.
  2. Knowledge in the Disciplines: Students build knowledge about the world (domains/content areas) through text rather than the teacher or activities.
  3. Staircase of Complexity: Students read central, grade-appropriate text around which instruction is centered. Teachers are patient, create more time and space, and support in the curriculum for close reading.
  4. Text-based Answers: Students engage in rich and rigorous, evidence-based conversations about text.
  5. Writing from Sources: Writing emphasizes use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument.
  6. Academic Vocabulary: Students constantly build the transferable vocabulary they need to access grade-level complex texts. This can be done effectively by spiraling like content in increasingly complex texts.
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We need to help our students, "Read like a detective and write like an investigative reporter."
— David Coleman