Companion Resources for Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5 - NCTE

Companion Resources for Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5

This site offers companion materials for the book Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 3-5 by Jeff Williams with Elizabeth C. Homan and Sarah Swofford. (Click here to purchase the book.)

Resources include:

Section I: Observing the CCSS

Chapter 1: Demystifying the Common Core State Standards

Web 1.2 Updates on CCSS assessments from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium

Figure 1.1 Structural relationships of the CCSS (PDF)

Web 1.3 Visit the NCTE Connected Community to discuss the CCSS with other teachers and to share your experiences in the Teaching and Learning Forum.

Web 1.4 Examples of text complexity (see page 58 of this PDF)

Web 1.5 The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium

Section II: Contextualizing

Chapter 2: Reading Deeply: Themes and Ideas within Rich Texts

Figure 2.1 An excerpt from students’ blogs about theme in Scott’s classroom (PDF)

Figure 2.2 Pathways to planning and enacting instruction (PDF)

Chapter 3: Getting to the Point: Determining Main Ideas and Summarizing Text

Chapter 4: Inferring with Support: The Heart of Comprehension

Figure 4.1 RAN chart that Erin uses to help her reflect on her instruction (PDF)

Section III: Building

Chapter 5: Individual Considerations: Keeping Students at the Center

Figure 5.1 Reading the CCSS with an example (PDF)

Figure 5.2 Planning with students at the center (PDF)

Figure 5.3 Questions for planning with students at the center (PDF)

Figure 5.4 Questions for planning template (PDF)

Figure 5.5 Unit plan template (PDF)

Figure 5.6 Year/course unit planning template (PDF)

Chapter 6: Working Collaboratively to Enact the CCSS

Web 6.1 Resources for building school-wide literacy initiatives:

A recording of the NCTE Web seminar “On Teaching Content: Building a Schoolwide Culture”

Information about the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE)

Web 6.2 Teachers as Readers: Forming Book Groups as Professionals (NCTE Guideline)

Web 6.3 Online forum: Learn about the NCTE Connected Community and other ways to interact with fellow teachers

Figure 6.1 Grade-level distinctions planning template (PDF)

Figure 6.2 Grade-level distinctions example (PDF)

Web 6.4 ReadWriteThink.org

Chapter 7: Becoming a Teacher Advocate

Appendix B: NCTE Principles

NCTE Principles Regarding Teachers as Decision-Makers

Features of Literacy Programs: A Decision-Making Matrix (NCTE Commission on Reading, 2005) PDF

Resolution on Scripted Curricula (2008)

Resolution on Affirming the Role of Teachers and Students in Developing Curriculum (2010)

NCTE Principles Regarding Reading Instruction

On Reading, Learning to Read, and Effective Reading Instruction: An Overview of What We Know and How We Know It (NCTE Commission on Reading)

NCTE Principles Regarding the Teaching of Writing

NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing (Writing Study Group of the NCTE Executive Committee, 2004)

NCTE Principles Regarding Teaching English Language Learners

NCTE Position Paper on the Role of English Teachers in Educating English Language Learners (ELLs) (NCTE ELL Task Force, 2006)

NCTE Principles Regarding 21st Century Literacies

21st Century Curriculum and Assessment Framework (2008)

NCTE Principles Regarding Assessment

Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing, Revised Edition (Joint IRA-NCTE Task Force on Assessment, 2009)