- Common Core State Standards
- BISD Framework - K-12 Scope & Sequence
Good Habits Great Readers
- Print parent newsletters about reading for your students' grade level.
- Also be sure to view the many wonderful sites that support reading instruction on the Resources for Families page.
- A great site for K-2 students to practice reading skills is Starfall.com. Students can practice letter recognition or work through the Learn To Read books, games, and resources. The site also has support for parents and teachers.
- For book lists, reading, writing, math, homework help, and more visit the Links for Learning Adventures Site.
Handwriting Without Tears
Words Their Way
Writing and Grammar
Textbook Companion Site:
- For Merriam Webster's online dictionary and thesaurus.
- One Look allows you to look up words in multiple online dictionaries at once
- By using the Visual Thesaurus students can finally see the definition and connotation of each synonym generated. Or students can easily click on any of the synonyms on the screen to open a new search for words that have that specific connotation.
- For all the poets in your class, be sure to bookmark this rhyming dictionary.
- As you teach your students to create bibliographies for their reports and research papers, you may want to visit Easy Bib, a free online advanced bibliography maker. Another site that is especially helpful for younger students is: Noodle Tools Express . At the middle and high school levels, students may access an enhanced NoodleBib through a subscription available from their school library. For information on citing online resources, visit the Online Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources site: Citation Styles for Online Resources.
Writing Resources:Argumentative Writing from Utah Education Network
Common Core Narrative Writing grades K-high school
This Common Core instructional resource from Achieve the Core helps educators and students develop a clearer understanding of effective writing as described in the Standards and provides examples of writing integrated within the curriculum. This section focuses on CCSS.W.3: "Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences."*
Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument WritingCaitlin Tucker's (high school teacher) blog re: Blended Learning & Technology in the Classroom
Feedback on Student Writing
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching provides links that describe ways to construct and react to assignments based on student written work, including creation of questions, strategies for grading, and ways to respond effectively to student writing.
Kelly Gallagher - Building Deeper Readers & Writers
Mike Schmoker's Write More, Grade Less
Smarter Balanced CCSS Writing Rubrics (ADAPTED) K-12
Check out this LiveBinder containing 8 different writing rubrics aligned to the CCSS-includes rubrics for grades K-2
Toulmin Method of Writing Arguments
When learning written argument, it is always helpful to observe how others argue effectively or ineffectively. The Toulmin method, based on the work of philosopher Stephen Toulmin, is one way of analyzing a text that we read, with an eye toward responding to that particular argument (as in a writing assignment that asks us to respond) and, ultimately, toward analyzing and improving the arguments we ourselves make.
Write More, Grade Less: Five Practices for Effectively Grading Writing
Writing Rubrics aligned to CCSS, K-12
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) created Common Core State Standards-aligned writing rubrics as a resource to assist teachers with this work. These rubrics are intended to help in instructional planning and to provide guidance in assisting students with the writing process.
Writing Samples from Students from the Reading & Writing ProjectView actual student examples of writing for grades K-8 for various writing genres (editorial, how to, informational, fiction & non-fiction, narrative, poetry, persuasive, argument essay, memoirs, research, etc...).
Writing Teacher Resources from Steven Michael Harris
- Common Core State Standards