Reading Resources for Educators

Common Core Standards

The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies.  Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they've already read.  This stresses critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. 

Common Core ELA Instructional Shifts ask for students to do the following:

  • Build knowledge through reading informational text
  • Read complex text to build academic vocabulary
  • Read "closely" to cite textual evidence
  • Write and speak about text

Common Core define the following: 

  • Anchor Standards - College and Career Standards
  • Strands
  • Domains
  • Clusters
  • Standards
  • 21st Century Skills

ELA Common Core Standards

Research/Evidence Based Instruction for Reading

What Works Clearing House IES Practice Guides WWC IES Guides

A practice guide is a publication that presents recommendations for educators to address challenges in their classrooms and schools.  They are based on reviews of research, the experiences of practitioners, and the expert-opinions of a panel of national recognized experts.  
Foundational Skills to Support Reading For Understanding Grades K-3
Improving Reading Comprehension K-3rd Grade
Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: RTI and Multi-Tiered Intervention in Primary Grades
Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School



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