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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.

Navigating the CCRS Tools – ELA

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

A New Home

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

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.

All Star 2 – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is McGraw-Hill's All Star 2.

Beyond True Stories – Evaluation

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

Birth Order and Characterization

This CCRS Level C ELA Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on helping students to discover how birth order affects personality and behavior. This plan was originally completed by a participant in the 2017/18 CCRS Implementation Cohort.

Building Academic Vocabulary Knowledge with Semantic Maps

Participants in this workout will consider the types of knowledge needed to thoroughly know a word and use semantic maps to build understanding of academic vocabulary.

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 in the ABE Classroom: Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 2: Evidence; Reading Anchors 1, 3, and 7, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchors 1 and 6, Level A; and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Describe the connection between individuals, 3) Use illustrations to describe key ideas, 4) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 5) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 6) Understand and use question words, possessive pronouns, and the progressive verb tense.

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: Literacy Level ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 1: Complexity; Reading Anchor 1, Levels A and B; Reading Anchor 2, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchor 2, Level A; and Reading Foundations Anchors 1 and 2. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Ask and answer wh- questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, 3) Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text, 4) Confirm understanding of an oral text by asking and answering questions, and 5) Isolate the initial and final sounds of spoken words. 

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.

Challenger 6 – Evaluation

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

College Reading Essentials – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is College Reading Essentials from Townsend Press.

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.

Common Core Basics – Evaluation

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

Common Lit Website – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is the website Common Lit.

Comprehension Skills – Evaluation

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

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).

Evaluating Free Text Resources

Participants in this workout evaluate a free online text resource for alignment to the ELA shifts of complexity, evidence and knowledge.

Finding Academic Vocabulary in a Text

Participants in this workout will analyze vocabulary in a text using 3 different online vocabulary tools, two aligned with the previous and current Academic Word Lists and one aligned with the first 2000 most common written words.

Grammar and Beyond, Level 1 – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Grammar and Beyond, Level 1 by Cambridge University Press.

Great Writing 3: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Great Writing 3: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays from Cengage/National Geographic Learning. This Resource Evaluation was originally completed by a participant in the 2018/19 CCRS Implementation Cohort.

Health

This CCRS Level B ELA Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on students reading key health and medical language on over-the-counter medication with the goal of identifying appropriate treatments for everyday ailments. This plan was originally completed by a participant in the 2017/18 CCRS Implementation Cohort.

Jobs

This CCRS Level B ELA Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on students learning about different jobs in the US, along with the skills, requirements and benefits that come with them. This plan was originally completed by a participant in the 2017/18 CCRS Implementation Cohort.

Matching Readers with Texts and Tasks

Participants review how to interpret quantitative Lexile or ATOS scores of text complexity and apply text complexity measures to classroom situations to aid in choosing texts and activities.

Newsela – Evaluation

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

Newsela Article

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

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).

Playing with Text Dependent Questions

Participants in this ELA Teacher Workout strengthen an existing set of text questions to more strongly align to one or more CCR Standards and create questions that inspire readers to engage with text and fellow students.

Promoting Collaborative Accountability to Text Evidence

Participants in this workout will collaborate with peers to practice and reflect on a routine to hold learners accountable for supporting text-dependent questions with evidence from the text.

Reading Vine Website – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is the website Reading Vine.

Revolutionary War

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

Scoreboost Writing Across the Tests: Sentence Structure, Usage, and Mechanics – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Scoreboost Writing Across the Tests: Sentence Structure, Usage, and Mechanics.

Showing Evidence Using Academic Language with Low Literacy Learners

Participants in this workout practice scaffolding a lesson in which literacy level learners can use academic language to show evidence in a text.

Six-Way Paragraphs in the Content Areas Intro Level – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Six-Way Paragraphs in the Content Areas Introductory Level.

Stand Out 2 – Evaluation

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

Success

This CCRS Level B/C ELA Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on students building listening comprehension, discussion, and writing skills on the academic topic of success. This plan was originally completed by a participant in the 2017/18 CCRS Implementation Cohort.

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.

Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills – Evaluation

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

The Guardian Newsletter – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is The Guardian Newsletter.

USA LEARNS English Course 1 – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is USA LEARNS English Course 1.

Ventures 1 Workbook – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Ventures 1 Workbook by Cambridge University Press.

Ventures 2 – Evaluation

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

Ventures 4 – Evaluation

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

Ventures Basic – Evaluation

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

We the People – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is We the People by the Center for Civic Education.

What is History?

This CCRS Level B ELA Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on students exploring the concept of “history,”determining what constitutes history, and examining what might be excluded from traditional methods of determining history.

Writing an Email

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