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News | August 17, 2010

Lessons and State Standards Align at ReadWriteThink.org

 

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ReadWriteThink is working to make sure that teachers can rely on its site to offer lesson plans that align with standards. All lesson plans on the site have always been based on the International Reading Association/National Council of Teachers of English (IRA/NCTE) Standards for the English Language Arts. These standards aim to ensure that all students are knowledgeable and proficient users of language so that they may succeed in school, as citizens, and as independent learners throughout life.

The newly redesigned ReadWriteThink.org now includes state standards for each lesson plan. This new feature allows teachers to find lesson plans aligned to existing individual state standards, courtesy of a collaborative project between Verizon Thinkfinity and Syracuse University’s Center for Natural Language Processing. These alignments are revised on a regular basis as new or updated standards become available. The state standards alignments can be found on any lesson plan page by clicking the Standards tab toward the middle of the screen and then selecting a particular state.

This feature will be demonstrated in one of a new series of short videos (3 to 5 minutes each) called ReadWriteThink ReView, which will appear on the site in the fall of 2010. The video highlighting state standards, “Aligning Your Instruction With State Standards,” will show teachers how to navigate to the standards and help them use this new resource effectively.

Although many states currently have their own standards, many states already have announced that they will adopt the Common Core State Standards that detail what students should learn in grades K–12 to be college and career ready. In the coming months, each state that has signed on to the Common Core State Standards will follow its own procedures and processes for initial adoption and then later implementation of the standards.

According to the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the new standards are built on the strengths of current standards. ReadWriteThink’s standards alignment listing will refresh as states adopt and finalize the implementation of the standards, so that the standards are current, whether your state adopts the Common Core State Standards or continues with its current standards.

For more information about the IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts and how ReadWriteThink incorporates state standards, visit www.readwritethink.org/about/standards.html.