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Ideas and Resources

In an effort to provide ELA educators with support during the pandemic, the NCDPI ELA Team organized resources for remote ELA instruction. Teachers may need to adapt these resources to align with specific grade-level standards.

*Note: This information should not supersede Public School Unit (PSU) recommendations. The inclusion of ideas and/or resources on this page does not constitute endorsement or verification by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Priority Content for 20-21 SY

Priority Instructional Content Document

Based on research and the progression of the disciplines, the 2020–21 Priority Instructional Content (PIC) document names the priorities in English Language Arts (ELA) that should be the focus of instruction for educators in the 2020–21 academic year. This document provides guidance for the field about content priorities by leveraging the structure and emphases of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) for ELA. It is intended to help educators find new efficiencies in the curriculum that are critical for the unique challenges that have resulted from school closures and anticipated disruptions in the year ahead, keeping at the forefront principles of equitable instruction that support all students. See our previous webinars on the PIC on the ELA Leaders' page and in our LiveBinder.

Choice Boards

As a way to support teachers with English Language Arts (ELA) instruction during this unprecedented time, the NCDPI ELA team created choice boards featuring standards-aligned ELA activities.

The intended purpose of these choice boards is to provide a way for students to continue standards-based learning while schools are closed. Each activity can be adapted and modified to be completed with or without the use of digital tools. Many activities can also be repeated with different texts. These standards-based activities are meant to be a low-stress approach to reinforcing and enriching the skills learned during the 2019-2020 school year. The choice boards are to be used flexibly by teachers, parents, and students in order to meet the unique needs of each learner.

Exploration activities are provided for a more self-directed or guided approach to independent learning for students. These activities and sites should be used as a way to explore concepts, topics, skills, and social and emotional competencies that interest the learner. Select a grade-band below to view its choice boards. These choice boards are also available on #GoOpenNC.


For questions regarding the choice boards, contact:

Grades K through 2
Grades 3 through 5
Grades 6 through 8
Grades 9 through 12