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Instruction - Ideas and Information

General Resources

Achieve the Core - a collection of tools and resources to support common core implementation
Read Write Think - International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) collection of high-quality practices in reading and language arts instruction. 

Close Reading

Wendy Cremeens, Stacie Kropp, Karen Cole, and Calvin Lange developed these templates for close reading.
Close Reading Teacher Guide
Close Reading Graphic Organizer for Use with Students
engageNY Instructional Support Materials

ELA CCLS Teaching Practices and Protocols and Graphic Organizers

Grades 3-5

Materials for Grades 3-5 Part 1
Materials for Grades 3-5 Part 2

Grades 6-8

Materials for Grades 3-5 Part 1
Materials for Grades 3-5 Part 2

Making Evidence Based Claims

Materials for Grades 6-12

Helpful Links 

  • Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards - Explore this site to learn more about the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and how they can be connected to the content standards. Use our Illustrations, centered on student dialogues, to see the Standards for Mathematical Practice in action. 
  • TextProject - strategies, tools, and texts to bring beginning readers and struggling readers to high levels of literacy
  • Better Lesson - a collection of common core aligned lessons designed by a group of master teachers from around the country
  • Central Square Instructional Coaching - a collection of instructional protocols