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Frequently Asked Questions

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Click HERE to see lessons that are aligned with the new common core state standards. 
These lessons are made by teachers for teachers.  You will need to register to this website to gain access but it is free and user friendly.  The lessons contain power point presentations and videos as well as useful tools for teaching.    

Click HERE to see digital resources aligned with the Common Core Standards.  (Contra Costa County Office of Education)
Click HERE to see the Common Core State Standards Unpacked.

(Tulare County Office of Education)
Smarter Balanced Teacher Guide

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These guides provide grade band specific information about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The guides are organized by grade span to ...more

Common Core State Standards

SBAC and STAR Math

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The New California State Standards (ELA)

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Click HERE to better understand the proficiency levels of the new California Standards. 
Writing Prompts

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Click HERE to search writing prompts.
Identify the Lexile Level of Any Text........

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Click HERE to learn more about CLOSE reading.
What Is CLOSE Reading?

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Click HERE to read a primer on CLOSE reading. 
A Lesson On CLOSE Reading

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3 key ideas for parents about the common core: thinking deeply, integrating learning, and showing how they know
Common Core State Standards for Reading

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Language Standards K-5 | 6-12
Reading (Foundational Skills) K-5 | ---
Reading (Informational) K-5 | 6-12
Reading (Literature) K-5 | 6-12
Speaking and Listening K-5 | 6-12
Writing Standards K-5 | 6-12
Great Website to surf regarding Common Core.  (Elk Grove Unified School District)

Click HERE for a list of Common Core Resources.
Things Schools Can Do To Get Ready For Common Core

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Common Core State Standards Locker

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What are the 6 Shifts of ELA for the New CCSS?

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Click HERE to review the 6 shifts of the CCSS.

Click HERE for Student friendly common core standards.
4 Shifts In Instruction Based On CCSS

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1) Language Development Across the Curriculum

2) Rigor and Text Complexity

3) Increased Focus on Listening and Speaker

4) Emphasis on Collaboration, Inquiry, and Teamwork
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