Curriculum Development Tools
Achieve The Core -a site with free high quality resources to educators for transitioning and implementing the Common Core State Standards. *Please note that this is continually updated so check the site out often for new information and resources!
- Text Complexity - Find out how to use qualitative and quantitative measures and professional judgement when choosing text for instruction.
America Achieves - Lesson, videos, information and links to support the Common Core State Standards
Exemplary Lessons - Delaware Reading Cadre & Delaware Writing Project -Created to focus on the unpacking of the Common Core State Standard Two, Literary and Informational Text
Guide To The Common Core Six Instructional Shifts -This document can be utilized by curriculum developers, administrators, and teachers individually or for group study and discussions of the six shifts that affect the Delaware ELA Common Core State Standards.
Literacy Design Collaborative - The Literacy Design Collaborative [LDC] offers a fresh approach to incorporating literacy into middle and high school content areas. Designed to make literacy instruction the foundation of the core subjects, LDC allows teachers to build content on top of a coherent approach to literacy.
Literacy Concept Organizers -Created to assist teachers in aligning instruction to the Common Core State Standards in ELA. These Literacy Concept Organizers are a resource from which teachers can select appropriate Knowledge, Understandings, and Dos to develop their own unit(s) of instruction.
Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, K-2 - REVISED - designed to guide educators in providing support as they work to align materials and instruction with the Common Core State Standards - Summary of Changes for the Publisher's Criteria, K-2
Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, 3-12 - REVISED -designed to guide educators in providing support as they work to align materials and instruction with the Common Core State Standards - Summary of Changes for the Publisher's Criteria, 3-12
Reading Rockets Classroom Strategies Library - This site shares effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills for young readers. Check out their videos too!
SPDG -State Personnel Development Grant - Model Units developed by University of Delaware's Writing Project students in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education
The Teaching Channel - The Teaching Channel includes Common Core resources, teacher videos, strategies and lesson plans.
Transitioning To The Common Core State Standards Check-List - A check-list to help curriculum developers ensure that curriculum, instruction, and assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
The TriState Quality Rubric and PPT - The Tri-State Collaborative has developed a criterion-based rubric and review process to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy.
Explains the elements of the TriState Quality Rubric and the review process.
Writing Rubrics - The Informational and Argumentation Rubrics have been made more teacher-friendly by creating grade-level versions to facilitate their use. In the process, wording was tweaked, as needed, to better reflect the grade-specific Common Core State Standard language. In addition, Narrative Rubrics have been posted.