Curriculum Development for English and Language Arts (ELA)
Teachers know best about what works in the classroom. This is why the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Instead, schools and teachers decide how best to help students reach the standards.
The State of Delaware does not mandate the use of any particular curriculum. As always, teachers can develop their own lesson plans and choose materials; however, curriculum must be aligned to the appropriate grade-level standards. Shared units and lesson plans are available. Guidelines for creating, evaluating, and prioritizing instructional materials and curricula appear below.
Discusses the six shifts that affect the Delaware ELA Common Core State Standards. This document can be utilized by curriculum developers, administrators, and teachers individually or for group study and discussion.
This webinar demystifies the use of learning progressions. It provides information and examples of how to use learning progressions in instructional planning. Content appropriate for all content areas and grade levels.
Shows the progression of each ELA standard from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Includes Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking and Listening, and Text Complexity with Sample Tasks. Illustrates the importance of understanding the vertical alignment of the Common Core State Standards.
Grade K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grades 9-10 Grades 11-12
Literary Learning Progressions
Informational Learning Progressions
Writing Learning Progressions
Standard 1 K-12 Standard 2 K-12 Standard 3 K-12 Grade KN STD 1-3 Grade 1 STD 1-3 Grade 2 STD 1-3 Grade 3 STD 1-3 Grade 4 STD 1-3 Grade 5 STD 1-3 Grade 6 STD 1-3 Grade 7 STD 1-3 Grade 8 STD 1-3 Grades 9-10 STD 1-3 Grades 11-12 STD 1-3
Speaking and Listening Learning Progressions
Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Connections
Links below are provided for teachers who work with students who access the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessments
Tested Essential Elements for English Language Arts - Mini Maps
Dynamic Learning Maps - Delaware
Provides guidance on seven issues proven challenging to teachers, principals, administrators, and others who are charged with implementing CCSS for ELA. Developed by International Reading Association.
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 by allowing teachers to build content on top of a coherent approach to literacy.
Literacy Concept Organizers
Assists teachers in aligning instruction to the CCSS in Literacy. Teachers can select appropriate Knowledge , Understandings , and Dos to develop their own unit(s) of instruction.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
- CAST Resources
CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning
- UDL Blog
Provides resources and general information about UDL guidelines
- HCPSS UDL Blog
Provides resources for training curriculum writers
For information on engaging all learners visit:
Publishers Criteria in ELA and Literacy, K-2 (Revised 5/2/12)
Designed to guide educators in providing support as they work to align materials and instruction with the CCSS in Kindergarten through Grade 2. Briefly describes how to respond to various standards-based questions during the transition to full implementation of CCSS.
Publishers Criteria in ELA and Literacy, 3-12 (Revised 5/12/12)
Designed to guide educators in providing support as they work to align materials and instruction with the CCSS in Grades 3 through 12. Briefly describes how to respond to various standards-based questions during the transition to full implementation of CCSS.
Provides qualitative and quantitative measures and guides for choosing text for instruction.
The Lexile Framework - The Lexile Framework is a way to match readers with text. Lexile levels help to address the quantitative leg of the text complexity model.
Tools to assist with CCSS Implementation
Helps curriculum developers ensure that curriculum, instruction, and assessments are aligned to the CCSS.
Explains the elements of the TriState Quality Rubric and the review process to evaluate the quality of lessons and units for ELA/Literacy.
A tool for evaluating a comprehensive textbook or textbook series for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS. For use with ELA/literacy materials for grades K-2 or 3-12
EdReports is an independent non profit designed to improve K-12 education that provides free reviews of K-12 instructional materials based on alignment to college and career-ready standards.
Making the Most of Your ELA Materials - from EdReports - A guide to helps districts analyze how well instructional materials are aligned and what adjustments may need to be considered in order to ensure all students have access to high quality resources.
Knowing Your Starting Point Data Inventory - from EdReports - inventory to assist districts with making informed decisions regarding adoption decisions.
Online reviews of instructional materials by the Louisiana Department of Education
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education.
A tool for evaluating grade or course-level assessments for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS.
Delaware Department of Education Revised Writing Rubrics for use with stand-alone and text-based writing. The rubrics are fully aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards by grade level and discourse. It is highly recommended that these rubrics be used for instruction and classroom assessment. For more information on how to use the rubrics, please see the Writing/Rubric Self-Paced eLearning courses .
- ELA/Literacy: CCSS Writing and the Delaware Writing Rubrics (Elementary) 101 [Course #24580]
- ELA/Literacy: CCSS Writing and the Delaware Writing Rubrics (Secondary) 101 [Course #24595]
For more information on ELA Standards in Delaware, contact Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at 302-735-4180.
- CAST Resources