Useful Websites for CCSS in Language Arts
www.corestandards.org (especially the summary document)
The summary document is the most user-friendly section. It will give information across grade levels; for example, the standards are set up in charts for various grade levels. Check the appendices, especially B and C.
www.parcconline.org (another assessment consortium)
Click the “K-12 Educators” link on the left and then “content frameworks” in paragraph 3 of the text. This will bring up a framework for clarification about grade-to-grade rigor. It will compare what’s new from grade to grade and will give unit design information that is helpful.
www.smarterbalanced.org (SBAC) (the designated testing company for CCSS)
Has the best information on the assessment piece of CCSS. For example, they have lists of the vocabulary that will appear as part of the questioning.
Use their Bookwizard feature to find the Lexile Measure and other book leveling systems. Lexile Level is the measure used by the CCSS.
This will allow you to find the Lexile Level of any book. You have to register and log in, but it’s free.
This site (textbook company!) has webinars pertaining to CCSS. Look especially for
Dr. Freddy Heibert’s webinar on 10/11/12. Topic: Seven Actions Teachers Can Take Right Now. Check for this one and others with the “Previous Webinar Series” link.
Here you can access materials from Teachers College at Columbia University. Once you get to the site, click on the “Assessments” link and you will have access to many types of assessments, including some CCSS performance tasks by grade level. You may have to register and log in at a certain point, but it’s free to do so.
Website devoted to supplying free resources to educators. Includes both Math and Language Arts materials. Especially good for lesson plans and anchor text (short) exemplars for use in various grade classrooms.
National Endowment for the Humanities website. Click on the Literature and Language Arts link for lesson plans at various grade levels, using established literature as the anchor text. Also check the Student Resources link for interactive support materials for students.
Useful Websites for Non-print Text
www.gardenofpraise.com (short biographies for gr. 3-5/not religious, but check before using in your classroom)
Also: New York Times/Library of Congress websites