What is Common Core Language?
How can teachers successfully prepare their students for the new text-based language assessments? Common Core Language titles meet all of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for language. The series provides rubrics with differentiated instruction to help every student achieve on-grade-level competency in language.
The series contains six grade-specific titles for Grades 1-6 and can be used in mainstream classrooms, resource rooms, pull-out intervention settings, and after school programs, and at home.
Why is Common Core Language unique?
There are no other grade-specific teacher resource books that cover Common Core Language Standards with a focus on each of the strands: Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition.
Teachers are being asked to incorporate these standards into their lesson plans to help prepare students for rigorous new assessments, and these books offer support to achieve on-grade-level success.
What are the features and benefits of
Common Core Language?
F: Six books, 136+ pages each, 8-1/2” x 11”
B: Easy to reproduce; support to last all year long
F: Specifically designed to meet Common Core State Standards for Language at each grade level
B: Teachers easily prepare and document that they are meeting standards’ requirements.
F: Instant mini-lessons for each Common Core State Standard for Conventions of Standard English
B: Students receive explicit grammar and usage instruction.
F: Reproducible practice pages that reinforce each convention mini-lesson
B: Students apply grammar and usage skills to writing and speaking.
F: Instant mini-lessons for each Common Core State Standard for Vocabulary Acquisition
B: Students receive explicit vocabulary instruction.
F: Reproducible practice pages that reinforce each vocabulary mini-lesson
B: Students apply vocabulary skills to writing and speaking.
F: Teaches Common Core Language Standards within the context of reading and writing
B: Students gain real-world applications and recognize how conventions of English and vocabulary help them communicate more effectively.
What is included in
Common Core Language?
Each book in this series has over 136 pages of differentiated instruction to ensure all students meet CCSS. Included in each book are:
- Mini-lessons for each language standard
- Guided practice pages for instructional scaffolding
- Independent practice pages to reinforce skills and ensure mastery
- Grammar and usage assessments
- Vocabulary acquisition assessments
- Answer keys to check student work
Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are an initiative by states to establish shared, consistent, and clear expectations of what students are expected to learn. The standards are meant to help teachers and parents know what they need to do to help students.
The CCSS are designed to be rigorous and pertinent to the real world. They reflect the knowledge and skills that young people will eventually need for success in college and in the workforce.
What do the Common Core State Standards say specifically about language?
The CCSS set forth the following expectations for language:
- Students must gain control over many conventions of Standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics when writing and speaking.
- Students must be proficient in vocabulary acquisition skills; they must be able to determine or clarify the meaning of grade-appropriate words. This includes words with unknown and multiple meanings, as well as understanding word relationships.
- Students must learn how to use language to convey meaning effectively.
What is the goal of the CCSS?
The goal of the CCSS is to facilitate the following student competencies. Students should:
- Demonstrate independence.
- Build strong content knowledge.
- Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
- Comprehend as well as critique.
- Value evidence.
- Use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
- Come to understand other perspectives and cultures.
What does the CCSS mean for you?
If your state has joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative, you must incorporate these standards into lesson plans. Your students may need targeted practice in order to meet grade-level standards and expectations, and thereby be promoted to the next grade.
To see if your state has joined the initiative, visit CoreStandards.org.