Welcome to the Common Core ELA Process Support Page!

November 14-15, 2011: DPI will host two-days of support for ELA at the Northwest RESA.
May 3-4, 2011: Follow Up Support and Process

Day 1: DPI's ELA Consultants will provide content support for ELA teachers and district leaders.
Day 2: DPI's Regional Professional Development Consultants will partner with Northwest RESA to provide
support with resource navigation and professional development roll out.

We will use this page to house a variety of resources to assist you with your roll out and implementation plan for the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.

Access Heather's Delicious Stack on ELA Common Core Resources!

January 10, 2012: Free Poster for English Language Arts Teachers

Get your free "Why We Write" Poster by clicking here.

December 21, 2011

Text Complexity Resources

Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards focuses on increasing students capacity with complex text across the school years to ensure that they will be able to read the kinds of necessary texts they will encounter in higher education and in their careers. Below are several links from TextProject to assist LEAS and charter schools as they begin addressing text complexity in schools.




NYT Article Offers Text Structure Ideas

A recent article that appeared in the New York Times Education segment focused on strategies for helping students understand text structures in the Common Core State Standards. To view this helpful article, visit http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/compare-contrast-cause-effect-problem-solution-common-text-types-in-the-times/.

December 15, 2011

P21 Common Core Tool Kit

A Guide to Aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills

Visit the Site:

December 14, 2011

Region 6 Shares 9-12 ELA Partnership Materials

ELA Curriculum Leaders from around Region 6 are working together to tackle burning issues around curriculum alignment, curriculum mapping, etc. Thanks to Jessica Garner, PD Lead in Region 6, for sharing their work with us!


December 14, 2011

DPI Endorses Engage NY Curriculum Exemplars


December 13, 2011

Free Common Core Unit Maps

These maps provide suggested readings, essential questions, standards, possible assessments, vocabulary, and other resources.


December 13, 2011

Catawba County Shares Modified Kansas Text Complexity Resource

Martha Lamb has condensed the three tools to measure text complexity and condensed them into a one-page checklist for teachers. This document can be used to gather information to complete the template for each particular work.

December 8, 2011

Edutopia Shares Resources for Understanding the Common Core

This is a good one-stop shop for resources to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


December 8, 2011

Caldwell County Schools shares Unpacking for 9th and 10th grade condensed document.

December 8, 2011

As a follow-up to the Text Exemplars document posted on the ACRE site, the Department of Public Instruction has provided a Statement Regarding the Use of Level Text and an important note for districts. We invite you to read this additional information located at


November 30, 2011

Mike Fisher's Common Core for the Holidays Live Binders

Mike Fisher is a K-12 Consultant for ASCD. This live binder is a FANTASTIC resource full of information, links, and information about both the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards.

Click on the gift below to get started!

Once on the site, don't forget to click on each of the numbers 1-12 to see all new binders full of goodies!

November 21, 2011

Text Complexity Rubric Question Answered by Kansas

Following our last Process Support Day for ELA, Julie contacted the Kansas DOE with our question regarding the levels of the rubric to determine the qualitative measure of text complexity. This is the information (verbatim) that she received.

The Text Complexity rubrics are not a grade level measure. The rubric helps to determine the difficulty of the text for each area; levels of meaning/purpose, structure, language conventionality and clarity, and knowledge demands. The rubrics help to determine the qualitative piece of the Text Complexity triangle.

You must also look at quantitative measures. And perhaps most importantly for placing a text at the appropriate grade level, the Reader and Task. These three pieces of the Text Complexity triangle guide educators in choosing appropriate text for each student regardless of grade level.

For examples, please see examples of analysis for specific texts on the KSDE website at http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=4605

November 21, 2011

Wake County Shares Unpacking Support Document for Reading Standards (Shift 2)

November 18, 2011

Question from Process Support Session Answered

Q. What CCSS are aligned with shifts 4 and 6? These were not provided during the presentation.

A. For Shift 4: R1, R2, R3, For Shift 6: R4 - grade specific RI4 and L4, L5, L6

November 18, 2011

Wake County's Writing Standard Graphic Organizer Teacher Feedback Form

November 15, 2011

LEA/Charter Collaboration -- Process Support Day

Ashe County: Middle School Thematic Unit Topics

Elkin City Schools: Notes from 11/14

Alleghany County Schools: Informational Texts Resources

Ashe County Schools: Notes from November 15

Alexander County: 8th Grade Curriculum Map

Alexander County: January 20 ELA Training PPT Draft:

Elkin City Schools: January 3 PD Day Agenda

Alleghany County: Agenda December 19:

Catawba County: Anticipation Guide Session 1

Caldwell County: Rough Draft Agenda for December

Wilkes County ELA PLC Meeting:

Watauga County: ELA K-5 PD Session Big Ideas

Hickory City Schools / American Renaissance Charter

November 14, 2011

More information on the three tiers of vocabulary.

Three Tiers of Vocabulary and Education

Pair these documents with the information from DPI on November 14.

November 14, 2011

ELA Content Support

With: Julie Joslin and Dan Tetrault

K-8 Resources

9-12 Resources

November 8, 2011

The Teaching Channel Video on New York's Pilot Program to Implement Common Core this Year


November 8, 2011 --

More Information on Text Complexity

November 3, 2011 3:30 -4:30
Please see the information below for the NEW ELA Webinar links. The November 3rd link is on the ELA wiki site under “Upcoming Events”. Please share with the LEAs in your region:

The purpose of this webinar is to guide participants K-12 through a close reading and understanding of the reading standards for informational text. Implications for teaching and learning at each grade span will be discussed.

1. Click this link to register for the November 3rd Webinar:


October 31, 2011 --

Assessment Specifications for Common Core State Standards ELA Assessments Grades 3-English II

October 31, 2011 --

Wake County Shares Tools for Determining Text Complexity

(Thanks to Catherine Trudell Wood -- Senior Administrator for High School English

October 26, 2011 --

Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, Grades 3–12


October 26, 2011 -- DPI Releases Text Exemplars


October 19, 2011

Some basics of Close Reading:


October 17, 2011

Below is the link to alignment of the assessment measures in Reading 3D as they apply to Common Core State Standards.


Below is a statement from Carolyn Guthrie is our Reading 3D contact:

“One thing to keep in mind is that these assessments measures are NOT full standards coverage. The DIBELS measures are indicators as any universal screener would be and the TRC portion gives the teacher the ability to diagnose error patterns, cueing systems and comprehension issues. TRC is the application side of 3D where students use strategies from DIBELS (skill specific) to apply in reading authentic texts. I am also attaching a continuum of skill development. Teachers use the indicators from DIBELS and the information/diagnosis from TRC to determine what skills are missing in the foundational development. The continuum has skills listed from the standards, but not all of these skills are assessed, because the program is not full standards coverage. We want teachers to use this program as formative and maybe some people in the field are wanting a system that would assess all standards”.

September 21, 2011

Videos that Discuss the Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy:

Price Reading Council, a high country affiliate of IRA and NCRA sponsors ELA Common Core Training:

From Ashe County:


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