One of our biggest challenges in preparing students to meet and exceed the ELA Common Core Standards is finding appropriate texts as we revise curriculum. Here are two more Websites that offer helpful resources:
Achievethecore.org is “full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results.” It features, among other resources, “Annotated Mini-Assessments for Grades 3-11”: The site, produced by nonprofit Student Achievement Partners, boasts “a growing collection of English language arts / literacy mini-assessments that illustrate the shifts required by the Standards. These mini-assessments are designed for teachers to use either in the classroom, for self-learning, or in professional development settings.” The assessments include fiction and nonfiction.
ThinkCERCA.com is a “CCSS-aligned literacy program with tools and content teachers need to help students learn to read closely, think critically, and develop powerful arguments.” It provides grade-leveled informational texts with PARCC-aligned questions and includes tools to produce reading and writing lessons. The site promises to “help students build college and career readiness skills with engaging real-world ELA, Science, and Social Science topics for grades 3-12.” This is a great resource for quick practice on Reading Informational Text Standards!
As a reminder, if your students are taking the PARCC assessment, here are the passage length requirements by grade:
|GRADE BAND||Minimum/Maximum Passage Lengths for Literary and Informational Text/Literary Nonfiction|