More Than English: Teaching Language & Content to ELLs

Resources for teaching English Language Development (ELD)

Common Core Standards

English Language Arts

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (in Spanish)


Common Core Standards for Math

Common Core Standards for Math (in Spanish)

Background Information

Common Core FAQ defines, clarifies, and explores controversies (posted on nprED May 27, 2014)

5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Teach the Common Core

Achieve the Core provides useful resources for immediate implementation.

Free CC Better Lessons developed by teachers in grades K-12; search by grade level, subject, and standard.

Common Core Curriculum Maps.  Free sample units, one per grade level, developed by teachers for teachers.  For $20/year you can buy personal (not to be shared) access to all units and lessons in a grade span.  It’s definitely worth your while to check out the free samples for an easy to follow, yet comprehensive, illustration of how to incorporate the new standards into exciting and relevant lessons.


ELA Common Core State Standards Map.  Compare grade by grade expectations of the K-12 ELA Common Core State Standards by strand and range at each grade level.  You can narrow or widen the scope.

The art of questioning:  Excellent examples on how to identify, evaluate, and create text dependent questions that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text.  Sample question starters

Match reading comprehension processes to the Standards.  Use this simple table from Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines by D. Buehl, to match reading comprehension strategies to the standards.  

ELA Bookmarks from Tulare, CA:  

Grade K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7
Grade 8 Grades 9 & 10 Grades 11 & 12

Each half page reference sheet includes essential skills and concepts, academic vocabulary, and question stems.


Student friendly math “I can” statements matched with CC standards, created by Expeditionary Learning.

Illustrative Mathematics.   View math standards by grade and/or domain K-8. Join Illustrative Math for more free math resources.

Turn On CC Math.    Another way to view math standards by grade and/or domain K-8.  This is an interactive Learning Trajectories Hexagon Map of the Common Core Mathematics Standards. Single click to display a single trajectory and its unpacked descriptors or double click on a hexagon go to a single standard.

Math Shifts and Major Work by Grade Level.  A concise overview of priorities, required fluencies by grade level, and content emphases by cluster and grade (from

K-2 Math Assessments.  DPI developed these documented, on-going individualized assessments for use throughout the year and a summative evaluation for the end of the year.

Sample lessons incorporating the new standards.   These illustrations, centered on student dialogues, show the Mathematical Practices (MPs) in action.

Making Vocabulary Number One

Cutting to the Common Core: Making Vocabulary Number One  This excellent article by Dr. Kate Kinsella shows how and why academic language must be taught across the curriculum in order for ELLs to successfully meet the higher demands of the Common Core Standards.  She offers strategies for prioritizing vocabulary for competent text analysis, discussion, and constructed response. Teaching Language, August 23, 2013  

Core Standards that Matter Most in My Classroom.  “You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.”  So begins this essay by Anthony S. Colucci, an award winning fourth grade teacher in Florida.

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