Common Core CurriculumResources
for English Language Arts
CJUHSD CCSS/RCD Units:
Our ELA Curriculum can now be accessed on Google Drive! Every unit has a one-page curriculum resource that has links to everything you need:
If you are not ready for Google Drive yet, don't worry! All CC units can still be accessed in School Loop under Groups, Common Core Resources - ELA, and by grade level.
Our workshops have provided the opportunity to collaborate upon and share develop resources district-wide. Click the Google Folder to see shared resources. You will need to be logged in to your Google Drive with permission to access the folder:
English I - Honors Folder
English II - Honors Folder
AP English Language/English III - Honors Folder
AP English Literature Folder
What's the difference between CAASPP and SBAC? The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system is the new student testing system that replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system. All state tests will now be under CAASPP. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is the group that designed the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. The Summative Assessment that 11th graders take and the Interim Assessments that all students can take are part of that system along with the Digital Library.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has housed all pertinent state-related assessment information for CAASPP and SBAC on one page.
The Oregon Dept. of Education has disseminated all the released sample questions for SBAC into an easily decipherable list.
Where can teachers go to access what they need? CAASPP.org is the best place to start. It contains all things Smarter Balanced.
The CJUHSD Instructional team has also created a folder of Interim Assessment resources for teachers in the district. The video below provides teachers with an introduction to some of the resources available.
Strong ELA Sites:
The Master Teacher Project: A Comprehensive Site of Teacher Lessons and Units
Tim Shanahan, noted reading specialist and former president of the International Reading Association, provides a myriad of articles and presentations on adolescent literacy and how to engage students in literacy development.
Jim Burke's site provides "links that seem most useful to us in our work to understand, implement, and teach the Common Core State Standards in the year[s] ahead."
Brian Jeffrey compiled his site well before CC implementation, but his strategies are strong and still effective in the classroom.
OnFiction "has the aim of developing the psychology of fiction. Using theoretical and empirical perspectives, we endeavour to understand how fiction is created, and how readers and audience members engage in it."
For Achievement Teams, Steve Ventura's site is where you can download all of the resources and information you need.
Sites for ELA and Technology Inspiration:
English Teachers who use technology and innovation to implement the CCSS in their classrooms:
"Educator Nadia Kalman suggests a few 'anti-social skills,' like eavesdropping and muttering to yourself, that can help you write an effective dialogue for your next story."
Evaluate Sources worksheet for Students. Use with sites & articles.
Some intriguing ways to begin and end each class! The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | Edutopia
5 Things You Did Not Know About Google Forms
"Future jobs will look more and more like science fiction." What work will be like in the future.
What Students Can Learn from Giving TEDx Talks
Teaching Kids to Write Super Sentences
How do you collect instant feedback from students? Digital Exit Tickets.
Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work! Succinct summary with links to strong resources!
3 Strategies for Building an Authentic Audience for Your Student’s Work
"Reading Resuscitation: Reaching Struggling Adolescent Readers -- A Workshop for Teachers"
Skills Practice | Socratic Seminars Using Informational Text
"The first way to meet a metaphor is to see the world through it's eyes" -- a lovely lesson in metaphors, TEDEd
A Guide to Using Webb's DOK with CCSS by Karen Hess and published by the Common Core Institute
We know we should include visual rhetorical analysis, but what does that look like? Purdue Owl has created a strong resource for teachers.
"Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning"
"8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language"