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  • From Shifts to Practice This summer, I attended NYS's Race To The Top Summer Curriculum Institute in Albany to bring back the latest updates on the Common Core State Standards. One of the ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2012, 7:41 AM by rcase@wbschools.org
  • First Step on the CCLS Journey All NYS teachers have been asked by Commissioner King to implement a close reading of text unit.
    Posted Dec 18, 2011, 7:15 PM by cvarsalona@wbschools.org
  • Be Part of the Change Commissioner John King greeted educators at the 2011 NYSED Summer Institute with a call to action, urging all to understand the changes set forth by SED, be part of the ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2011, 12:15 PM by rcase@wbschools.org
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Units of Study
     1st Grade
     2nd Grade
     3rd Grade
     4th Grade
     5th Grade

Benchmark Assessment Guidelines for K-2 

Secondary Literacy
     Grades 6 - 8

     Grades 9 - 12
Academic Vocabulary
    K-12 Guidelines & Procedures for CCLS Lesson #2
    CCLS Task #2 Template.AcadVoc
    Resources for Academic Vocabulary
    Feedback on CCLS Lesson #2
    Academic Voc.6 Step Process.Marzano
    Generic Academic Vocabulary Packet from BOCES

Close Reading of Text
     K-12 Guidelines and Procedures
     Crafting a Text-Based Question
     Template for Close Reading of Text Unit
     K-1 Exemplar: "Garden Helpers"
     2-3 Exemplar: "Ruby Bridges"
     4-5 Exemplar: "The Making of a Scientist"
     6-8 Exemplar: "Words We Live By"
     9-12 Exemplar: "Gettysburg Address"
     K-12 Rubric
     Feedback on CC Unit Lesson

Common Core
NYS CCLS for ELA/Literacy -Your guidebook on the journey to impact teaching & learning
K-5 College and Career Ready Anchor Standards
Appendix A, B, C - Necessary documents to impact learning

EngageNY.org  -  the latest information on CCLS                                                     

NYS ELA Curriculum Modules/Lessons/PD Materials for K-12                "Shift" Videos  - Start Here!

Lexile / Readability Formulas
Lexile Framework for Reading
    Go here to find the difficulty of a text
    Go here to find the reading level of a text.

Enjoy these Literacy Websites!
Always Learning LL - A professional development site with literacy resources
Burkins & Yaris - Kim Yaris' new blog with collaborator, Jan Burkins, "A Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy

Choice Literacy - This site provides innovative, high quality literacy resources for K-12 educators
INK THINK Tank - This site features outstanding nonfiction books and award-winning author
Interactive Whiteboard Resource Treasure Chest - This site lists about 40 plus websites that can be used with an interactive whiteboard
Library of Congress - Find primary source documents for your classroom instruction
Literacy Builders - Source for literacy lessons, resources, book reviews, & more 
Teachers Notebook: Ideas Worth Sharing Activities, lessons, Smartboard lessons, and more created by teachers
Teaching Channel - Find K-12 lessons for ELA, Math, Science, History/Social Sciences here
Teaching with Historical Places - Bring historic places into your classroom at this site
Wonderopolis - A site that houses the "wonder of the day" to allow students to discover and inquire