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Instructional Resources


Welcome to an extensive collection of useful resources for all of you here at Cedartown High School. This page is divided into a general collection of instructional resources that are relevant to all classrooms, and then the page divides into subject-specific resources that are tailored for your respective classroom. Explore the various strategies that are useful in high school instruction in order to engage, instruct, and challenge students in inquiry-based, student-centered environments for maximized learning.



Instructional Resources for all Classrooms

Active Reading Strategies Discussions and Questioning Miscellaneous
GIST Fishbowl Discussion DOK Wheel
Cornell Notes Socratic Questioning DOK Chart
Three-Level Study Guide Actively Creating Questions DOK Chart 2
222 Generating Complex Questions Lexile Map
Close & Active Techniques of Reading Questioning Strategies

Other Ways to Say...

Active Inquiry Legend Text-Dependent Questions DOK Organizer w/ Examples
  Jigsaw 501 Writing Prompts
  Debate Ideas Writing Buffet
    Blooms (Revised)



ELA Resources by Grade Level

9th Grade

10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Standards Standards Standards Standards
9th ELA Guidance 10th ELA Guidance 11th ELA Guidance 12th Lit Guidance
Example Lesson Example Lesson Example Lesson Example Lesson
PARCC Sample Test Items PARCC Sample Test Items PARCC Sample Test Items  



ELA Model Lessons and Exemplar Unit Resources:

  • Reproducibles to help increase rigor in the ELA classroom. This link also includes graphic organizers to help guide student thinking, questioning, and discussion along with close-reading of texts. http://www.solution-tree.com/free-resources/commoncore/20lsmcc

  • Achieve the Core --  Model lessons, assessments, and student samples for 9-12 Grade ELA. These are excellent resources to help you craft multi-day close-reading lessons on a text. Many lessons include summative assessments and ideas for more Common Core-aligned homework assignments. http://achievethecore.org/page/752/featured-lessons

  • This site includes instructional and example videos based on Lucy Calkin’s Writers Workshop, a format present in some of our remedial classrooms in PSD with a focus on improving student writing. It will be helpful to view these to focus on the varying components of effective writing instruction and feedback that is useful at all grade levels and ability levels: http://vimeo.com/tcrwp/albums

  • Pro and Cons – This website is an excellent resource to target argument, persuasion, and debate in your class and it can also be useful to integrate discussion-worthy short texts into your overall unit: http://www.procon.org/

  • Smarter Balance – This link will take you to an online platform assessment that targets rigorous student understanding of Common Core skills and standards. Scroll through this sample item and performance task to see the various question types and diverse use of media and text to assess student understanding: http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/itempreview/sbac/ELA.htm.

  • A guide to creating Text-Dependent Questionshttp://opi.mt.gov/PDF/CCSSO/MCCS-ELA/STAGE2-3/elementary/Guide-to-Creating-Questions-for-Close-Analytic-Reading.pdf

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