Aspen Institute Resources
Close Reading of Text:
One of the shifts in English language arts is the expectation that all students will be able to read increasingly complex texts proficiently and independently.* ELA Standard 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • ELS Standard 10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
This is not to be confused to the Close Reading strategy, which is one of the instructional techniques used by teachers to teach students to determine the meaning of text. The Aspen Institute information will give you additional background.

Core Standards
Common Core State Standards Initiative is a site provided by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Achieve the Core
A non-profit founded by the chief writers of the CCSS to help all students and teachers meet the new demands. Contains resources contributed by teachers across the county.
Engage New York
Operated by the New York Board of Education to provide professional learning tools and resources to support educators. It includes resources specifically for librarians such as The Role of Research in the Common Core.
The Colorado Department of Education
Significant instructional resources (and means of accessing additional resources) for the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
//edutopia// resources
An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.
DPS Crosswalk work
DPS Skills progression We spent time aligning the common core expectations to the AASL Standards for the 21st Century and the ISTE technology standards.
DPS Digital Learning alignment for library and technology
DPS Digital Learning Standards Alignment The DPS Digital Skills Progression details specific technology skills by grade level.
ALA CCSS Action Toolkit for Public Librarians
Toolkit fromAASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Taskforce on the Common Core
NYC Common Core Aligned Library Instruction
Teaching the Common Core Through the Library Instructional Program
edutopia article on critical vocabulary
11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Common Core
A more extensive list is available from Robert Marzano's website.
Pair fiction and nonfiction
Science through literature.
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