Teachers Reading and Writing Project Common Core- Aligned Writing Samples
The Reading and Writing Project provides several Common Core aligned writing samples. (at the 4th and 6th grade levels) The Reading and Writing project also provides archived writing samples, across many genres, that have not been aligned to the CCCSS. These additional writing samples (K-8) may help you and your colleagues begin examining writing and asking yourselves, "What constitutes Common Core Writing, and how do I teach it to MY students?"
Maisa Rubicon Atlas
This site will host all the Common Core curriculum work being done by the MAISA ELA Leadership group. (All units should be posted to this site on or before August 9, 2012) Units of instruction will be transferred to this site as they are added or edited. If units appear to be missing, please use the link below to see if the desired unit is currently being housed at the Oakland Schools Rubicon Atlas site.
Oakland Schools Rubicon Atlas
This site hosts a vast amount of draft Common Core curriculum work. The Writing units were driven by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA). Please be sure when you are looking at the curriculum documents on this site that the map type "CC" is associated with the document.
Teaching that Makes Sense
The Teaching that Makes Sense website has a wide variety of resources to offer teachers. The resources include (but are not limited to); tools for reading in the content areas, writing strategies and professional resources for teaching writing, introductory materials for writing workshop, and MUCH, MUCH MORE.
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's Writing Continuum
Using a continuum for assessing your students' writing can help you and your colleagues determine the next steps students need to take. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project provides an example continuum for narrative (complete), opinion, and informational writing. The continuums include both descriptors of the writing and demonstration texts. You and your colleagues might choose to adopt these continuums or perhaps create your own schoolwide continuums.
Engage New York Common Core Video Series
The Engage New York Common Core video series provides further insight into the 6 instructional shifts of the ELA Common Core. The videos include (but are not limited to) the following topics; balancing informational text and literature, building knowledge in the disciplines, text complexity, text-based answers, writing from sources, and academic vocabulary.
Controversy- Get Rid of the 5 Paragraph Essay?
This article has become very popular amongst educators in the field. This article could be a great conversation starter within your grade level team or across your ELA department about what you. as a district, hold sacred in writing instruction.
ASCD- Educore Common Core Tool
This site provides a large library of videos and documents that provide teachers with the structure for creating student tasks in literacy. Teachers that adopted this structure for designing tasks have started sharing the tasks they've creatd to date. There are now banks of available teacher-created tasks for argumentative and informational writing. In addition to the task-based resources, the site also provides supplemental and related resources that could be used to introduce the Common Core.