Resources: English Language Arts
The English Language Arts Resource page was designed to support educators in the implementation of Arizona’s English Language Arts Standards. The Arizona Department of Education provides the following menu of services and resources, but it does not endorse any program or service advertised through associated links or websites
ELA Standards Support Materials and Trainings
- Appendix A: Appendix A contains research supporting key elements of the standards, instructional support for foundational skills, an explanation of text complexity, and a glossary of key terms.
- Foundation Skills Support Document: This document provides key information for literacy instruction in grades K-5.
- Supplement to Appendix A: Supplemental Information for Appendix A – Provides new research on text complexity.
- Appendix C: English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects Appendix C – This appendix contains samples of student work.
- Overview of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards: This document provides an explanation about the key shifts in the new standards
English Instructional Resources – ADE Developed
- State Literacy Plan: Creates a cohesive, seamless roadmap for parents, educators, professionals, policy makers, and community stakeholders that clearly and articulately outlines the stages of literacy development from birth through grade 12.
- Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards General Overview: Provides an explanation about the key shifts in the new English standards
- Curriculum Map Guideline: Designed to serve as a tool for evaluating how closely a curriculum map aligns to the state standards.
- Close Reading Routines: Provides an example of a classroom routine for close reading.
- English Language Learners
- Exceptional Student Services
- Gifted Education
- Text Complexity Analysis Worksheet for Instruction-Literacy Guidance Guidance Designed to assist teachers in determining the text complexity and grade appropriateness for a selected text.
English Instructional Resources – External Resources
- Achieve: The Instructional Support & Alignment Resources tab contains resources, including standards progressions and videos, for teaching to the standards.
- America Achieves: Presents a number of lesson videos, videos of teacher discussions, and editable lesson plans that relate to teaching to the standards.
- The Center on Instruction: Presents text, video, and web resources for English language learning.
- EduCore: Contains videos, lessons, and resources for teaching to the standards.
- EngageNY:Contains videos, professional development, and resources for teaching to the standards.
- The Hunt Institute Provides resources on educational reform.
- International Literacy Association:Provides resources on literacy and a community of educators for pedagogical discourse.
- Learner.org: Contains videos, professional development, and lesson plans for all grades.
- LearnZillion: Provides discipline and grade-level specific lessons, videos, and resources.
- NASSP: (National Association of Secondary School Principals) Provides resources and professional development for administrators.
- Purdie Online Writing Lab
- Reading Rockets: Provides resources and a digital community for elementary and middle-school literacy teachers.
- The Teaching Channel: Provides numerous grade-band and discipline-specific videos for teaching to the standards.
- Vimeo (Core Practices in Action): Provides video resources on teaching to the standards.
- WestEd: Provides resources focused on transitioning to and teaching to the standards.
- Publisher’s Criteria: Publishers’ Criteria for the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy: Grades K-2 & Grades 3-12
- External English Language Arts Instructional Resources:
- EQuIP Rubrics: Provides information on the creation and use of the EQuIP rubric to evaluate how closely aligned units and lessons are to the standards.
- Click to view video
AZ State Literacy Plan
Arizona State Literacy Plan – The purpose of the Arizona State Literacy Plan is to create a cohesive, seamless roadmap for parents, educators, professionals, policy makers, and community stakeholders that clearly and articulately outlines the stages of literacy development from birth through grade 12.
Professional Development Opportunities
English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities
Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time
- Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented: The AAGT is a nonprofit organization of educators, parents and community members working together to better meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students in Arizona.
- Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association: The Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the specific learning disability, Dyslexia.
- Arizona English Teachers Association: The AETA is the Arizona branch of the National Council of Teachers of English, and it offers resources, including a yearly conference, to support English educators.
- Arizona Reading Association: The Arizona Reading Association, which is the Arizona branch of the International Literacy Association, is a professional educational organization dedicated to promoting lifelong literacy.
- Read On Arizona: Read On Arizona is committed to helping create an early literacy system that delivers the right program at the right time for every child.
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT): AFT is a union of professionals that champions fairness, democracy, economic opportunity, high-quality public education, healthcare, and public services for our students, their families, and our communities.
- American Library Association (ALA): ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for those who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD): ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child.
- International Dyslexia Association (IDA): IDA disseminates research-based knowledge about the causes and early identification of dyslexia and other language-related learning difficulties and promotes the use of Structured Literacy for teaching reading and written expression.
- International Literacy Association (ILA): ILA’s mission is to empower educators, inspire students, and encourage leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all.
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE):NCTE is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.
- National PTA (Parent Teacher Association): The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
- Reading is Fundamental: Reading is Fundamental’s mission is to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life
AZ ELA Assessments
- AZMerit: The AZMerit (Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) test measures students’ learning and progress towards readiness for college and career.
- AZELLA: AZELLA (Arizona’s English Language Learner Assesment) is a Standards Based Assessment that measures a student’s English language proficiency based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards.
- NAEP: NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) is a national assessment of academic content outlined in the NAEP Academic Frameworks. The assessments are given to a sample of students in Grades 4, 8, and 12
Contact Information: Sean Ross, Director of English Language Arts | 602-542-5342