Literacy in the Content Areas
This collection of combined resources will aid all educators in furthering understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its implementation in Arkansas.
Understanding the Standards
||Common Core Arkansas is an informative video about the Common Core State Standards.|
||The Council of the Great City Schools has produced a Three-Minute Video Explaining the CCSS.|
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, as adopted by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), can be found at http://www.corestandards.org. This site has many resources for understanding and implementing the CCSS:
The ADE has partnered with Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) to develop, present, and publish presentations and materials on understanding the CCSS, which are housed on http://ideas.aetn.org/commoncore:
The following presentations, which were produced by ADE in 2011, provide background information on understanding the English Language Arts (ELA) standards, their adoption, and implementation in Arkansas:
||ADE also produced the Overview of the ELA Big Shifts and Understanding the Big Shifts in CCSS as resources for all stakeholders.|
||Common Core at Work is a video about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Arkansas.|
||In addition to the CCSS, the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted numerous other curriculum framework documents.|
||As part of ADE’s partnership with AETN, there is also a library of ELA-based curriculum and assessment presentations and materials that are designed to support learning. ADE and AETN have also launched a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Foundations site which houses exemplar videos of CCSS based instruction coupled with the materials needed to implement these lessons in Arkansas classrooms. AETN’s PBS LearningMedia system provides resources for teachers utilizing digital learning.|
||ADE and its specialists have composed and maintain a collection of resources for curriculum planning.|
||ADE has also produced a Refrigerator Curriculum that parents can use to support classroom instruction.|
||Arkansas is part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortia. PARCC has many classroom resources for educators including the PARCC Model Content Frameworks, which may be beneficial for curriculum development using the CCSS.|
CCSS Literacy Resources
Following is a collection of resources specific to the CCSS for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects:
- The Social Studies Place is a wiki maintained by ADE social studies specialists.
- College, Career, & Civic Life (C3) provides a Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
- The Council for Economic Education (CEE) has correlated EconEdLink lessons (elementary, middle, and high school) to the Common Core.
- The Reading Like a Historian series follows three teachers as they use a research-based curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group.
- ADE’s Science PLACE is a wiki maintained by ADE science specialists.
- A guide to Relationships and Convergences Found in the CCSSM Practices, the CCSS ELA/Literacy student portraits, and the Framework for K-12 Science Education can be found as part of Stanford University’s Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas.
- The Oregon Department of Education website hosts a Literacy in Science CCSS page that has many resources.
- Educators may download a free copy or purchase a paperback copy of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas from The National Academies Press.
Technical Subjects/Fine Arts
- ADE Create is a wiki maintained by ADE fine arts specialists.
- Common Core and the Arts is a resource page maintained by the Arts Educational Partnership.
- College Board reviews the connections between the CCSS and the Next Generation Arts Standards.
- ADE presents information on Common Core in the Fine Arts Classroom.
Technical Subjects/Foreign Languages
- American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) provides an Alignment of the National Standards for Learning Languages with the CCSS.
- Common Core Solutions published a supporting document, How will World Languages Support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects?
- The CCSS ELA Standards Alignment wiki was developed and is maintained by a group of high schools.
Technical Subjects/Library Media
- The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) provide the following crosswalk documents that align the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner to the CCSS: English Language Arts, Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects, Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects, and Mathematics.
- Achieve issues an action brief on The Role of the School Librarian for implementing the CCSS.
- The School Library Journal has released a series of six webcasts on how the CCSS are impacting school libraries.
Additional CCSS Resources
Below are several additional CCSS resources created by entities not associated with ADE that Arkansans may find useful:
- TeachingChannel.org has a library of approximately 800 classroom videos including 183 devoted to instruction under the Common Core State Standards.
- The Hunt Institute also has a series of videos on the design and implementation of CCSS.
- The Literacy Design Collaborative website provides support for curriculum development, aligned to the CCSS.
- Engage New York
- Louisiana Believes
- Massachusetts Department of Education
- Open Educational Resources (OER) website provide educators with open source tools and resources.
- EdModo, which gives educators another way to interact with their students, can be characterized as a place where education meets social networking.
- LearnZillion allows teachers and students to register for a free account and have access to CCSS based lessons and other resources.
- The ETS K-12 Centers Seeing the Future document
- The Parent Teacher Association - Parents’ Guide to Student Success and CCSS Initiative page
- The parent and community resources section of www.achievethecore.org
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