1. Maryland State Department of Education Resources: School Improvement in Maryland, English Language Arts

2. Maryland State Department of Education Blackboard Learn website: a wealth of resources for teaching and learning available!

3. Achieve the Core--English Language Arts

Questions are Key!



Reading Complex Texts

To determine text complexity, use quantitative and qualitative measures and consider reader and task.

Common Core Standards Appendix B --examples of complex text (literary and informational) grades K-12

Maryland's Text Complexity Tools

Common Core State Standards Exemplars of complex texts and Sample Performance Tasks

Text Types:
  • Literary
  • Literary Non-Fiction
  • Informational
      • Expository text structure: information/technical books about history, social studies, science, and the arts
      • Functional text: forms, procedural, directions and information displayed in graphs, charts, or maps
      • Digital sources


In a Variety of Modes: CCSS Frameworks for Writing
Student Writing Samples: Common Core Standards Appendix C
  • Argument
  • Informative/Explanatory
  • Narrative

MSDE CCR Conferene presentation: Writing in the Common Core

Writing! Writing! Write all about it! Tips for writing argument and a variety of modes! TOP RESOURCE

RUBRICS to assess writing in the Common Core: Kathy Schrock's Assessment and Rubrics K-12, including PARCC assessment rubric for Analytic and Narrative Writing

Achieve the Core resources for Narrative Writing!

Short, Focused Research: MSDE Educator Effectiveness Academy 2012

Ruth Culham's 6 + 1 Traits of Writing
Holt online essay scoring using 6 Traits of Writing

Writing Fluency

Speaking and Listening
The Role of Socratic Questioning in Thinking, Teaching, and Learning
See, too wikipage devoted to "Speaking and Listening"


Common Core Standards' Language Progressive Skills Chart

Non-MSDE/PARCC Resources:
Isabel Beck Academic Vocabularyand Common Core "Shifts"
ELL Academic Word List