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Achieve the Core – ELA Standards

The site describes itself as "full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core and other college and career ready standards." Resources include CCRS-aligned lessons, activities, assessments and more, but also materials to support educators in understanding the standards and the content.

CCRS and the Reading Foundational Skills

These resources describe Minnesota's combination of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) + CCRS Reading Foundational Skills 1-4, at Levels K-5. The result is a complete and clear sequence for teaching alphabetics and fluency to adult readers at Beginning and Intermediate levels.

CCRS ELA Lesson/Unit Planning Template

This standards-aligned lesson plan template is designed to be used to incorporate the 3 CCRS ELA shifts into unit/lesson plans. This template also provides opportunities to reflect on all the major content standards used in Minnesota’s ABE system and other important components of adult literacy instruction.

CCRS ELA Standards

The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) are a central component of the content standards being implemented in Minnesota ABE. The CCRS is divided into two sections: English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics.

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Intermediate ESL

This lesson focuses on CCR standard Reading Anchor 1, Level C. The learners: 1) Identify and highlight evidence that supports their answers to text-dependent inference questions as evidenced by their responses to the questions and highlighting marks in the text, and 2) Accurately quote or paraphrase specific evidence from the text as evidenced by small group and whole class discussions.

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Low Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on CCR Standard Reading Anchor 1, Level A, Speaking and Listening Anchor 1 and 6, and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 3) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 4) Understand and use question words.

CCRS Individualized Instruction Planning Tool – ELA

The CCRS Individualized Instruction Planning Tool is intended to help teachers in one-room school house or other individualized instruction settings plan and document standards-aligned experiences for all students. This document could be used as a teacher planning tool or as a tracking document in a student’s folder.

Common Core (K-12) ELA Standards

The College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) are based on the Common Core standards. Some teachers have found looking at the original Common Core ELA standards helpful.

ELA CCRS Alignment Evaluation & Rating Tool

Use this tool to determine a resource’s (curriculum, text, lesson, book, etc) level of CCRS alignment.

ELA CCRS High-Value Action Tool

Use this tool to identify specific high-value actions to improve a resource’s alignment to the CCRS.

ELA CCRS Observation Tool

Use this tool to guide observations of standards-based instruction in classroom settings.

ELA CCRS Student Task Study Protocol

Use this tool to guide small group analysis of student tasks and accompanying student work to identify how effectively they reflect the intended standards.

ELA CCRS-Aligned Qualitative Analysis Rubric

Use this tool to measure the complexity of any informational text (slightly, moderately, very, or exceedingly complex). This rubric is to be used in conjunction with the ELA CCRS-Aligned Unit & Lesson Planning Template also found in this section.

ELA CCRS-Aligned Unit & Lesson Planning Template

Use this tool to create units or lessons aligned to the Minnesota ABE State Standards (CCRS, ACES, Northstar).

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – A New Home

This beginning ESL ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools covers a lesson on housing.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – Newsela Article

This pre-GED ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools cover an analysis of a Newsela article.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – Revolutionary War

This GED ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools cover factors that led to the Revolutionary War.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – Writing an Email

This ESL 3/ABE 2 ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools covers writing an email message.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Beyond True Stories

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Beyond True Stories.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Challenger 6

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Challenger 6.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Common Core Basics

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Common Core Basics.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Comprehension Skills

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Steck-Vaughn's Comprehension Skills.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Newsela

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Newsela.org.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Stand Out 2

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Stand Out 2.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Ventures 2

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Ventures 2.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Ventures 4

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Ventures 4.

ELA Resource Evaluation – Ventures Basic

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Ventures Basic.

Navigating the CCRS Tools – ELA

This document provides an overview of the tools to support CCRS Implementation.

Observing Standards-in-Action: ELA Classroom Lesson

Bell-to-bell video of an ELA lesson focused on identifying a claim and evidence (52 minutes; ELA High-intermediate/low secondary ABE students).

Observing Standards-in-Action: ESL Classroom Lesson

Bell-to-bell video of ELA ESL lesson focused on the writing process and components of effective paragraphs (1 hour 2 minutes; Intermediate/advanced ESL students).

Suggested Question Stems & Frames for Close Reading

Use these CCRS reading question stems and frames to create text-dependent questions for use in close reading of texts. These stems and questions will also help prepare students for new NRS tests.

Teaching CCRS Reading Foundational Skills

This FREE (with a login), self-paced, flexible, and interactive course is facilitated by Marn Frank, ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coordinator. It was created for Beginning and Intermediate ABE/ESL teachers, support staff, and volunteers who want to improve their understanding, testing, and teaching of beginning alphabetics and fluency.