Educator Instructional Tool Box

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This Instructional Tool Box was designed to support educators before, during, and after creating lessons for classroom implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. The instructional resources and services on this webpage will be continually updated as they become available. The Arizona Department of Education provides the following menu of services and resources but does not endorse any program or service advertised through associated links or websites.

Arizona College and Career Ready Standards Logo Arizona resources have been created, revised and/or evaluated through committees using the EQuIP rubric.


Model Content Frameworks     General Resources     Instructional Videos     Website Resources

notebook paper with writing and a penInstructional Resources

Rubrics/Checklists for evaluating quality instructional resources

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By Grade Level for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects and Mathematics

Lessons/Tasks; Units; Planning Resources; Online-Web Resources

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Model Content Frameworks

English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

Mathematics

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Aug 2012 PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA-Literacy Grades 3-11

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Nov 2012 Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics Grades 3-11

NEW! Use the PARCC Frameworks Browsers for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics to access and search online versions of the Model Content Frameworks.

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General College and Career Ready Resources

English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects, and Mathematics

Achieve has developed materials to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards.
Achieve Website
These flexible, ready-to-use professional development modules intend to support educators in the understanding and effective implementation of the College and Career Ready State Standards.
Achieve the Core PD Modules Website
To help educators and education leaders address this challenge, Achieve and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) jointly piloted a process where educators evaluated, modified, and/or developed instructional tasks that demonstrate how Career Technical Education (CTE) content can be leveraged throughout high school mathematics.
Achieve – CCSS-CTE Classroom Tasks Website
The videos on this site exemplify the key shifts that College and Career Ready State Standards brings to classroom pedagogy >On this site you will find:

  • Lesson videos illustrating the College and Career Ready key shifts
  • Videos of teachers discussing their lessons
  • Editable lesson plans
  • Quality instructional resources from the EQuIP project
  • The videos on this site exemplify the key shifts that College and Career Ready State Standards brings to classroom pedagogy.

AmericaAchieves web site

Tools for Teaching College and Career Ready State Standards (from ASCD) – A 21st century tool to discover a wealth of resources—professional development, lesson plans and modules, and other materials that you will need to successfully implement the College and Career Ready State Standards for Mathematics and Literacy in your classrooms, schools, and states.
EduCore Website
This site contains resources for the implementation of the College and Career Ready State Standards.
NYC DoE Common Core Website
This site offers Webinars, articiles, and videos for secondary school principals and school leaders on the College and Career Ready State Standards.
NASSP College and Career Ready State Standards Website

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College and Career Ready State Standards Instructional Videos

English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

Mathematics

Citing Textual Evidence – GR: 6-8 Number of the Day – GR 2
Reading Like a Historian: Sourcing – GR: 9-12 Can This Be True? – GR 4
* Finding Evidence – GR 2
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Multiplication and Division – GR 4
* Close Reading: “The Making of a Scientist” – GR 5
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Guess My Rule – GR 5/6
* Graphic Non-Fiction: Harriet Tubman – GR 5
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Area and Perimeter

Close Reading Strategies with Informational Text – GR 5

What’s the Savings? – GR 7

Citing Evidence from Informational Text to Support Reasoning – GR 10

Counting Collections to 100 – GR K-2

Building Excellence in Student Work

Algebra Application of Pythagorean Theorem – GR 9
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Gradual Release of Responsibility: Doug Fisher

Analyzing Texts: Text Talk Time – GR 5 Simplifying Rational Expressions – GR 9
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Ms. Noonan: Using a Touchstone Text – GR. 3-5 Algebraic Thinking: The Tables Problems – GR 6
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Theme, Symbolism & Allusion – GR 6-8/Analysis

Application of Volume Formula – GR 5
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Close Reading – Vocabulary GR1

Close Reading -US History GR 11

Close Reading – Social Studies GR 6

Exploring Imagery Through Beowulf GR 6-8

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Website Resources

English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

Mathematics

(Grades K-5) COI has a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based resources on instruction. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, COI develops and identifies free resources that Regional Comprehensive Centers and state, district, and local educators can use in their pursuit of high quality instruction.
The Center on Instruction Website
Mathematics Glossary from Corestandards.org
Website
These writing samples have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the College and Career Ready State Standards for particular types of writing in Grades K-12. Each of the samples exhibits the level of quality required to meet the Writing standards for that grade.
engageNY – Samples of Student Writing (Appendix C) Website
Inside Mathematics has organized their web-based resources to support educators in building deeper understanding of what the College and Career Ready State Standards look like in practice.
Inside Mathematics Website
MAP provides assessment tasks for middle and high school. Classroom challenges are also available which assist teachers in implementing formative assessment.
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) Website
Under the Resources tab educators can access a variety of articles related to the English Language Arts (ELA) College and Career Ready State Standards.
IRA ELA College and Career Ready State Standards Website
The Mathematics College and Career Ready State Standards Collection contains digital learning objects that are related to specific standards.
National Science Digital Library: Mathematics College and Career Ready State Standards Collection Website
News about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the College and Career Ready State Standards.
Tools for the College and Career Ready State Standards Website
Based on research, the College and Career Ready State Standards provide text complexity grade bands and associated Lexile bands that are intended to put students on a college- and career-ready trajectory. These grade and Lexile bands are the basis for determining at what text complexity level students should be reading—and at which grades—to make sure they are ultimately prepared for the reading demands of college and careers. The Lexile Framework for Reading – College and Career Ready State Standards web site
This site is a resource designed to support districts working to meet the challenge and the opportunity of the new standards. Here you will find tools and instructional materials that help you to better understand and to implement the CCSSM.
The Mathematics College and Career Ready State Standards Toolbox Website
A quick handout with the steps for the teacher and student close reading routine with sample annotations.
Close Reading Routines – Posters
Model and Solve Math Word Problems
Thinking Blocks is a suite of learning tools designed to help students solve math word problems accurately and efficiently. Using brightly colored blocks, students model mathematical relationships and identify known and unknown quantities. The model provides students with a powerful image that organizes information and simplifies the problem solving process. By modeling increasingly complex word problems, students develop strong reasoning skills which will facilitate the transition from arithmetic to algebra.
Thinking Blocks – Model Your Math Problems Website
A tool to assist teachers in selecting appropriate texts that are supportive of established learning objectives for lessons and units.
Text Complexity Analysis Worksheet for Instruction-Literary-Guidance
Turnonccmath.com is a new learning trajectory resource to support interpretation of the College and Career Ready State Standards for mathematics. The GISMO mathematics education research team, at NC State University’s Friday Institute, has developed 18 Learning Trajectories with descriptors that unpack all of the K-8 CCSS-M Standards, with mapping to the CCSS-M via a hexagon map of the standards.
Turn-On College and Career Ready State Standards Math Website
The College and Career Ready State Standards expect students to use evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information. A central tool to help students develop these skills is text-dependent questions: questions that can only be answered by referring back to the text.

On this page teachers can find tools to help write and evaluate text-dependent questions, as well as a link to lesson materials with examples of text-dependent questions included.

Text-Dependent Questions: Using Evidence

The Quantile Framework is a scale that describes a student’s mathematical achievement and the difficulty of specific mathematical skills and concepts. It works a lot like a ruler or thermometer, except rather than measuring length or temperature, the Quantile Framework measures readiness in mathematics learning.
The Quantile Framework for Mathematics web site
Edutopia shares Technology Integration – Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process. Recommended apps for Note-taking to encourage observation and reflection; Brainstorming which provides online space for asynchronous collaboration; Visual Collaboration which promote synchronous design conversations; and, Inquiry Questions with mind mapping apps for generating problem statements/questions. Edutopia: Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process
The start of the school year offers an ideal time to introduce students to project-based learning. By starting with engaging projects, you’ll grab their interest while establishing a solid foundation of important skills, such as knowing how to conduct research, engage experts, and collaborate with peers. In honor of Edutopia’s 20th anniversary, here are 20 project ideas to get learning off to a good start. Edutopia: Project-Based Learning – Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects
This blog includes accepted best practices for project-based learning assessments including: Assess 21st Century Skills, Assess Process and Product, Authentic Assessment, and Embed Standardized Assessments. Edutopia: Assessment – Critical Assessment Ideas from Project-Based Learning (PBL) World
Effective implementation of the CCSS is a tall order for states, districts, and schools. Successful states and districts approach the challenge of implementing education reforms, such as the College and Career Ready State Standards, systemically rather than piecemeal. WestEd works with all levels of the education system to guide College and Career Ready State Standards implementation, building on existing strengths and overcoming barriers. WestEd College and Career Ready State Standards Implementation web site
Making a list is usually straightforward and requires little thought. But when it comes to ordering and prioritizing items in that list, higher-level skills of analysis and evaluation are put to use. The Visual Ranking Tool brings focus to the thinking behind making ordered lists. Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. Items in the list may be represented by images. Students must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus. The tool and related resources are available for free, from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Students may work on their lists at home or at school, and can even compare their ideas with students located in distant classrooms.
Intel® Visual Ranking Tool Website
Analyzing cause-and-effect relationships is important to understanding complex systems. With the Seeing Reason Tool students create visual maps of the factors and relationships in a cause-and-effect investigation. These maps make thinking visible and promote collaboration as students work together to refine their understanding. The tool and related resources are available for free, from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Students may work on their lists at home or at school, and can even compare their ideas with students located in distant classrooms.
Intel® Seeing Reason Tool Website
Teach students how to use a visual framework to construct a well-reasoned argument and prove their case with credible evidence. The tool provides a visual framework to make claims, identify evidence, evaluate the quality of that evidence, explain how the evidence supports or weakens claims, and reach conclusions based on the evidence. This thinking tool supports activities where students debate differences, make and defend decisions, and analyze conflicting information. The tool and related resources are available for free, from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Students may work on their claims and evidence at home or at school, and can be paired with another team to review their ideas.
Intel® Showing Evidence Tool Website
Develop or create assessments that address your students’ critical thinking and collaboration skills. You can also learn strategies to help make assessment an integral part of your teaching.
Intel® Assessing Projects Tool Website

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