Core-aligned writing resources
Achieve the Core is a national organization that has assembled a variety of resources to help support the shifts in instruction required in implementing the Core. They have complied an extensive selection of materials on writing that include samples of student writing with annotations to show how various Core standards are met. Student samples are shown as they were transcribed, annotated with comments, and corrected for spelling and grammar for use as examples with students. You can find the whole resource HERE under the "Student Writing Samples" button.
Elementary Language Arts Core Standards and Resources
Professional Organizations and Research on Literacy
Tutoring Program (STAR)
American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.
Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council, Inc. is the nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books and related materials for children and young adults.
Children's Literature Web Guide
The Children's Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.
Great Web Sites for Kids
A list of web site approved by the Association for Library Service to children.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to submit questions about grammar and writing.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library preserves a collection of nearly 121 million items, more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books.
Reading lists, series books, classic titles and the newest titles all are part of Kidsreads.com along with trivia games, contests, author interviews and author biographical information.
New York Public Library
Information about the programs, services, and collections of The New York Public Library, along with access to its catalogs and other information databases.
No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind is the historic, bipartisan education reform effort that President Bush proposed his first week in office and that Congress passed into law on January 8, 2002. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) -- the main federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. NCLB is built on four principles: accountability for results, more choices for parents, greater local control and flexibility, and an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research.
PBS TeacherSource provides nearly 3,000 free lesson plans and activities for educators tied to PBS programming and correlated to local and national standards.
Readers Read, the place to be if you're a book lover! Readers Read features news about the hottest books and authors in all genres, bestseller lists, news about ebooks, and links to the best sites for literature and books.
This popular television program is known for the fascinating and fun books it presents each episode. At this site is a list of the books shown on the program with a brief synopsis, an episode guide, and other resources for teachers.
Reading Rockets for Professionals
Reading Rockets offers research-based and best-practice information for professions that impact kids' reading achievement.
Reading Rockets for Teachers
The Reading Rockets web site was created for teachers. They gather great resources and make them easily available for free. They also encourage you to print out and distribute whatever you need.
The Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service.