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Curriculum and Instruction

English Language Arts Resources

Massachusetts English Language Arts and Literacy Standards and Related Resources

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Kindergarten Learning Experiences, 2008
This document provides suggestions for kindergarten curriculum in all subject areas based on the standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
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Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy, incorporating the Common Core State Standards, 2011
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PARCC Model Content Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy, Grades 3-11, 2012

English Language Arts and Literacy and English Language Development Standards Developed by State Consortia and Adopted in Massachusetts

Common Core State Standards Initiative

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Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, 2009
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Massachusetts adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects in 2010 and incorporated these standards in its 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy.

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Development Standards

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WIDA is a multistate consortium focused on academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators. The WIDA ELD standards promote academic language proficiency in four content areas - language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies - and thus facilitate students' success in school. The WIDA ELD standards are not a scope and sequence of language skills like the ELPBO. However, WIDA provides a host of tools and resources educators can use to differentiate instruction for ELLs and promote their academic language development. Massachusetts adopted the WIDA ELD Standards in 2012.

Assessment

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

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ACCESS for ELLs, assessment for English Language Learners based on the WIDA standards
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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
PARCC is a 22-state consortium developing assessments and resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Massachusetts is a governing State of the Consortium.
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Released questions
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Examples of student answers to open-response questions and writing prompts
Each year the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases questions, writing prompts, and examples of student work in English language arts at various score points for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, end 10.

ACCESS for ELLs, assessment for English Language Learners based on the WIDA standards

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) www.parcconline.org PARCC is a 22-state consortium developing assessments and resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Massachusetts is a governing State of the Consortium.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

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Frameworks for Reading and Writing
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NAEP Test Results in Reading
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NAEP Test Results in Writing
NAEP is a national test that is administered to a sample of students throughout the United States. There are frameworks for Reading and Writing that provide the basis for tests.

Professional Development and Instructional Resources

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Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)
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Information on Grants
A state agency that provides support for arts education and for cultural institutions.
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Massachusetts Teachers' Domain
Teaching resources and online courses that include video and interactive elements in all content areas; online courses for teachers. The material is aligned to Massachusetts standards as part of the Department's partnership with WGBH. See listings under The Arts: Theatre and English Language Arts.
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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
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The Big Read
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Poetry Out Loud
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Shakespeare in American Communities
NEA supports the dance, music, literature, theatre, and visual arts in America. Selected national initiatives that relate to English language arts include The Big Read (a community program on American literature), Poetry Out Loud (a poetry recitation contest for high school students) Shakespeare in American Communities (a program to bring Shakespeare performances into various community settings)
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
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NEH seminars and institutes
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We the People Program
NEH supports annual institutes and seminars in literature and history/social science for secondary and college teachers and We the People (an initiative to that provides grants to schools and libraries for collections of books and visual art reproductions on themes in American history and culture).
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National Gallery of Writing
A collection of writing from schools and communities across the United States. Any Massachusetts classroom, school, school district, college or community organization can submit entries for publication.

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National Writing Project
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Boston Writing Project
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Buzzard's Bay Writing Project
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Western Massachusetts Writing Project
An organization which provides resources for all kinds of writing and supports the development of teacher leaders in writing. Massachusetts has 3 affiliates of this national project, all of which provide conferences and professional development.

Professional Organizations, Research Organizations, and Journals

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American Classical League
The American Classical League site offers a catalogue of materials for teaching mythology and classical literature at all grade levels as well as an extensive list of links to other useful sites.
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American Library Association
This site contains links to Booklist and Book Links magazines and to the ALA's "Notable Books" lists. A page dedicated to parents and the public presents a calendar of library activities.
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The Folger Shakespeare Library
This site offers an extensive section on teaching Shakespeare that contains lesson plans for teaching individual plays as well as well-selected resources and links.
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The Library of Congress
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Center for the Book
The American Memory section offers a Learning Page, which contains teacher- created lessons, classroom activities, and professional development opportunities. Another rich resource is the Center for the Book section.
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Massachusetts Library and Information Network
Central site for libraries in Massachusetts. From this site, it is possible to search more than 50 library catalogs showing books and other materials of more than 400 Massachusetts libraries.
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The Massachusetts Reading Association
Membership organization for teachers of English Language Arts.
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International Reading Association
Membership organization for teachers of English Language Arts.
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National Council of Teachers of English
Membership organization for teachers of English language arts.
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National Research Center for English Learning and Achievement (CELA)
This site contains a wealth of research on effective English Language Arts instruction.

Journals

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Booklist
The digital counterpart of the American Library Association's Booklist Magazine, offering reviews of the latest books and electronic media. Provides a searchable engine as well.
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Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms
The bimonthly Booklinks magazine reviews books for children that have been grouped into thematic areas. Booklist magazine reviews books, electronic media, and reference works for both adults and children. Both periodicals are published by the American Library Association
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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This journal provides critical annotations, indications of grade level / age, and reviews of children's literature. It is published by Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois and University of Illinois Press
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The Horn Book Magazine
This magazine reviews books written for children and publishes articles about literature for children.


Last Updated: May 3, 2013
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