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ELA Live Binders: A Great Resource for You

Have you had an opportunity to check out the two live binders developed by the English Language Arts Section at NCDPI?  These binders were developed to support ELA teachers and administrators through varying levels of study and understanding.  The Self-Study Binder and the Resources Binder provide a great place to start your study of the Common Core State Standards for ELA or to increase your understanding of resources available to support your work at the classroom, school, and district level.

Here’s what you will find in each binder:

The Self Study LiveBinder of the ELA Common Core

The Self Study Binder can support you as you learn about the CCSS for ELA.

This LiveBinder is directed to those interested in learning about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and provides an overview as well as an in-depth, close reading of the standards. The range of tasks offers users an opportunity to determine their own specific needs and follow a path that is suited to their understanding and specific direction.

Each tab contains one lesson. Within each lesson, participants may engage in activities, review informative slides, read articles, and view videos. Each lesson culminates with a checklist of skills and learning objectives to provide users with an expectation or framework of understanding.

The lessons and resources have been taken from the professional development opportunities that have been offered across the state. The ELA team will continue to add to the binder and keep the links updated.

Though this could certainly be used by individuals, the ELA team strongly encourages users to use this resource within a PLC (Professional Learning Community) as discussion and interaction would certainly enrich the experience.

The Resources LiveBinder

The Resources Binder can support your PLC work and your Professional Development Plan.

This binder provides an organized collection of resources for the ELA Common Core State Standards. The ELA Section hopes this binder will help to inform your district’s professional development or add clarity to current initiatives. The ELA team will continue to update this binder as they learn of more resources that will assist educators in implementing these new standards.

Please direct questions to ncdpi.ela@gmail.com
The NCDPI ELA team wants to support you in your quest for clarification and deeper understanding of the ELA CCSS.


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Understanding Text Structures

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In this week’s DPI RttT Weekly Update, a blog post from The Learning Network is referenced as a quality resource for providing students support with text structures.  The post, “Compare-Contrast, Cause-Effect, Problem-Solution: Common ‘Text Types’ in The Times,” provides insight about research-based literacy strategies that work well with informational texts.

The post also provides examples of both articles and non-print media from The New York Times  website that fit three different text structures:  compare-contrast, cause-effect, and problem-solution.  Articles range from topics such as Occupy Wall Street to Hand Washing in Hospitals and everything in between.  What a great way to engage students in high-interest, complex, informational texts!

These selections are student-friendly examples of informational texts.  It is important to note that each example is a sophisticated piece of writing, which coincides with the expectation for students as defined by Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts  — increasing students’ capacity with complex texts.

Furthermore, within the article, The Learning Network has provided modifications to some common graphic organizers that can be used as a resource while reading cause-effect, compare-contrast, and problem-solution texts.   However, one of my favorite resources in the article is the list of key signal words and phrases provided for each type of text structure to support students as they engage with the text.

This short read is truly worth your time.  The articles, graphic organizers, signal words, and non-print resources make this a great place to start when working with informational texts.

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