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Your Literacy Standards Companion, Grades K-2

Your Literacy Standards Companion, Grades K-2
What They Mean and How to Teach Them

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May 2017 | 376 pages | Corwin

Standards-based learning just got a lot easier

In this resource, the authors provide indexes for all states implementing state-specific ELA standards. This index allows you to see and understand which page number to turn to for standards-based teaching ideas. 

Beyond that? It’s the same great go-to guide for implementing the standards, translating each and every standard for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and foundational skills into day-to-day “what you do”—lesson ideas, best literacy practices, group configurations, adaptations for ELLs, and more.

It’s all here, page by page:

  • The standards for literature and informational texts put side by side for easier planning
  • More than a dozen teaching ideas for each standard
  • Recommendations on how to cultivate the habits of mind that are critical to meeting the standards including interpersonal skills, collaboration, and perseverance
  • A glossary of academic language for each standard
  • Teaching suggestions for how to support ELAs
  • Developmental debriefs to signal how you may need to adapt expectations to meet students where they’re at
  • An online bank of graphic organizers, student reproducibles, sample classroom charts, and rubrics
  • Reproducible planning template for each standard to help you map out lessons, select books, generate key questions, and more

With this book, you have what you need to bring about astounding clarity of expectations for what students are to learn, and what teachers can do to bring about the sustained literacy experiences students need to apply their learning.  

Introduction: Turning Standards Into Daily Teaching
Quick Reference: Common Core State Standards, K–12 English Language Arts
Key Principles and Additional Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners K–2
Indexes Cross-Referencing Your State Standards
The Complete Common Core State Standards: Decoded
Part 1. Reading
Key Ideas and Details
1. Read closely for explicit meaning . . . make logical inferences . . . cite textual evidence

2. Determine central ideas . . . analyze their development . . . summarize key details

3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact

Craft and Structure
4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used . . . and shape meaning or tone

5. Analyze the structure of texts, including specific elements and sections

6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats

8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims, including the validity

9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts

Part 2. Reading: Foundational Skills
Print Concepts
1. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print

Phonological Awareness
2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)

Phonics and Word Recognition
3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words

4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

Part 3. Writing
Text Types and Purposes
1. Write arguments to support claims . . . using valid reasoning and . . . evidence

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas

3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events

Production and Distribution of Writing
4. Produce clear and coherent writing (begins in grade 3)

5. Develop and strengthen writing . . . by planning, revising, editing, rewriting

6. Use technology . . . to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate

Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects

8. Gather relevant information from multiple . . . sources . . . avoiding plagiarism

9. Draw evidence from . . . texts to support analysis, reflection, and research Range of Writing (begins in grade 4)

10. Write routinely . . . for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences (begins in grade 3)

Part 4. Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration
1. Prepare for and participate in . . . conversations and collaborations

2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats

3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence

5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data

6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts . . . demonstrating command of formal English

Part 5. Language
Conventions of Standard English
1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage

2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling

Knowledge of Language
3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown . . . words and phrases

5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships . . . nuances

6. Acquire and use . . . general academic and domain-specific words and phrases

Resource A. Common Core Recommended Reading Lists
Resource B. Text Complexity Tool
Resource C. Planning Calendar Templates


"These books provide clear guidance on instructional practices and intentionality of conversations as well as thorough articulation of the intent of the standards. I feel that these will be an asset that our teachers are craving as they are working in developing confident, proficient readers and writers that are prepared for the classroom and beyond."

Danielle Calvin, Director of Elementary ELA
Oklahoma DOE

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