Units and Lesson Plans for English and Language Arts
The following resources are available for educators to use in the classroom. These resources contain links to units and lesson plans that are Common Core-aligned.
While not all of these materials have been vetted by the Delaware Department of Education, they are from respected resources. The Curriculum Development for English and Language Arts page provides tools for evaluating lesson materials.
Samplers for grades K-12 containing informational and literary text. Includes text complexity, academic vocabulary, and text-dependent questions to support the CCSS. Written by teachers and specialists from throughout Delaware. Reviewed but not yet piloted.
Model Units and LessonsLessons, videos, information and links to support the Common Core State Standards.
- Basal Alignment Project(BAP)
Standards-aligned materials created by literacy educators from across the country. Must first sign up on Edmodo. (Use code "etuyrm" to join BAP group.)
- SPDG Grant Units
Model Units developed by University of Delaware's Writing Project students in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education.
What is SPDG?
Since 2004, the Delaware Department of Education and the University of Delaware have collaborated on federally-funded grant projects to improve instruction and, in particular, to assure that all students have access to high quality instruction and a rigorous curriculum. Through the Office of Special Education Programs [OSEP],Teacher Quality Enhancement [TQE] grants and State Personnel Development Grants [SPDG], instructional units in science, ELA, social studies and math were developed and are available at http://sites.udel.edu/tqe/. In 2011-12, SPDG also funded the development of reading-writing connected units aligned to Common Core State Standards [CCSS].
- Reading Writing Project Units
Model Units developed by Delaware teachers participating in DDOE's Reading/Writing Project.Units showcase the use of learning progressions to inform instruction and the formative assessment cycle.
- Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) Modules
The Literacy Cadre invited content partners from science, social studies, and CTE to engage in a year-long project with the Literacy Design Collaborative. While all modules were reviewed via a rigorous vetting cycle, three modules received exemplar status and were posted on the National LDC site (https://ldc.org/blog/posts/kudos-ldc-educators-their-outstanding-modules).
Teachers report that their work on the LDC modules raised their expectations for student work and helped them increase the rigor of writing assignments. The content teachers involved with the work felt the LDC modules helped them better understand how to infuse literacy instruction while also enhancing their subject matter instruction. LDC leads to teacher instructional shifts and improved student outcomes which prepare our students to be college and career ready.
Kathy Dulis, Seaford Librarian, represented Delaware at the Teaching & Learning Conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.Kathy was a panelist for the session: Implementing the Common Core as a Community of Practice: Lessons Learned Through LDC
I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be a panelist at the Teaching and Learning conference. I am so grateful that I got to participate in the Literacy Cadre last year. It truly gave me a different perspective on my career. The conference and the people I have connected with here have been awesome. Kathy Dulis
- The Teaching Channel
Includes Common Core resources, teacher videos, strategies and lesson plans.
Common Core Aligned Curricular Resources
- EngageNY Curriculum Resources
Free Common Core aligned curriculum resources for educators.
- Achieve the Core Text Sets
Lessons designed to highlight the ELA/literacy Shifts and expectations of college- and career-ready standards
- Core Knowledge Language Arts
Preschool–Grade 5 resources for teaching skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Grades 3-8 Open Education Resource
CCSS aligned set of ELA curricula, lesson plans, and guides that range from prekindergarten to grade 12.
Bookworms is an primary grades Open Education Resource (OER). Lesson plans are shared for free, but associated books must be purchased
- Vermont Writing Collaborative
The Vermont Writing Collaborative is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a group of public school teachers. Their mission is to help all students become powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.
Free informational text for teachers and students. Newsela also offers a Pro version with elevated features at a cost.
Readworks contains a variety of CCSS aligned resources, lessons, units, and texts.
Free reading passages and progress tracking tools for grades 5-12.
For more information on materials or to suggest content for this page, contact Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at 302-735-4180.
- Basal Alignment Project(BAP)