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Cross Content Area Literacy

Here are some sources to incorporate more cross content area literacy into your curriculum, including more reading of argumentative and informational text.

Gale Online Database

New York Times--Room for Debate

PBS Newshour

PBS Independent Lens Bringing documentaries into the classroom

Scholastic Common Core for Teachers

Huffington Post Check out the Voices section for diverse readings from different perspectives.

YouTube Edu YouTube for educators

Smithsonian Education

Library of Congress

Big Deal Media Incorporating media

Education Portal short videos on a variety of topics


CCSS Updates

CCSS Resource Web Page Update:

  • Templates to Develop Literacy in Content Areas - A link has been added under the "CCSSO/Multi-State Resources" page, English Language Arts and Literacy CCSS section, to an initiative, Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). The LDC incorporates literacy into middle and high school content areas. Designed to make literacy instruction the foundation of the core subjects, LDC allows teachers to build content on top of a coherent approach to literacy. The LDC framework is used by teachers as common templates to create LDC tasks, modules, and courses designed to teach students to meet common core literacy standards while engaging in demanding content. 


  • ASCD "Get to the Core" Webinar Series - Another resource added to the "CCSSO/Multi-State Resources" page, under General CCSSO Resources, is a link to the ASCD Common Core Webinar Series. The "Get to the Core" series of free webinars are produced by the ASCD, a nonprofit educational leadership organization, providing resources to help educators with the implementation of the CCSS. 


  • Alignment of World Language Standards and the ELA CCSS - Also included on the "CCSSO/Multi-State Resources" page, a link has been added to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and their alignment of the world language standards and the CCSS for English language arts.


  • ELA Bookmarks Developed by the Tulare County Office of Education - Added to the "County Offices of Education" resources are the ELA CCSS Bookmarks created by the Tulare County Office of Education. The bookmarks provide a half-page reference sheet for each English language arts standards. Essential skills and concepts, academic vocabulary, and question stems relevant to the standard are noted.   

Helpful Sites for Managing Paper Loads

With an increased focus on the rigor, depth, and frequency of writing across content areas, it is helpful to consider how one might boost writing opportunities.  The following websites offer helpful tips on managing the increased influx of paper. 

Quick Guide for Managing Paper Load

CollegeBoard's Suggestion

Carol Jago is known for her book on how to handle paper loads, Papers, Papers, Papers.

Helpful CCSS Links

Here are some helpful links to help you get more acquainted with the CCSS.

Common Core State Standards Initiative Website

Smarter Balanced

This consortium is writing the assessment questions.  You can visit the site for answers to FAQs, sample questions, and sample CCSS writing rubrics.  If you are looking to try and write some Smarter Balanced-type assessment items, you can view a series of videos or view Powerpoints that will assist you or your collaborative team in doing so.

About the new assessments