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Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans

Ready-to-Use Resources, K-5, 1st Edition

By Lauren Davis


240 pages

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Schools nationwide are transitioning to the Common Core--our advice to you: Don't go it alone! Our new book, Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans: Ready-to-Use Resources, K-5, shows you that teaching the Common Core State Standards in the elementary grades doesn't have to be intimidating!

This easy-to-use guide provides model lesson plans for teaching the standards in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language.

  • Get engaging lesson plans that are grade-appropriate, easy to implement and include ready-to-use reproducible handouts, assessments, resources, and ideas to help you modify the lesson for both struggling and advanced learners.
  • Our Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans are designed to fit seamlessly into your K-5 curriculum.
  • You get practical tips for revamping your existing lessons to meet the standards.
  • Students learn how to read informational texts, write opinion-based essays, and improve their speaking and listening skills.
  • Grammar mini-lessons and foundational skills mini-lessons will help you teach language conventions, phonics, fluency, and more!

We take the guesswork out of Common Core lesson plans with this practical, easy-to-use guide. All lesson plans are grade-appropriate, and every lesson plan includes…

  • Common Core State Standards covered in the lesson
  • Overview of objectives and focus of the lesson
  • Background knowledge required and time required
  • A detailed, step-by-step agenda for the lesson, plus a materials list
  • Differentiation ideas to adapt the lesson for different kinds of learners
  • Assessment ideas, including rubrics and scoring guides
  • A place for your notes: what worked; what can improve

Bonus! We show you how to extend the lessons into longer units to suit your particular grade's curriculum, and even help you create more of your own lessons!


"Excellent! The lessons are very clear and the resources for each are invaluable."

—Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, IN

"…brimming with creative and GOOD plans to embed in instruction. I am planning on using many of the lessons."

—Cindy K. Ryan, Literacy Coach, Dreher High School, SC

"The lessons are ready to go! Ready-made is what busy teachers are looking for!"

—Jessica Bennett, Language Arts Teacher, Brookpark Middle School, OH, and Past President of Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

Table of Contents

Part 1: Reading


Planning Checklist

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 1: What's the Big Idea? Identify Main Topic and Details

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Onsets and Rimes of Single-Syllable Words

Lesson Plan 2: Each One Is Different: Compare Two Books on the Same Topic

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Final E and Long Vowel Sounds

Lesson Plan 3: How Do I Find What I Need? Identify and Use Text Features

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Consonant Digraphs

Lesson Plan 4: Paint a Picture With Your Words! Describe a Character's Looks, Actions, and Feelings

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Sounds of the Letter A

Lesson Plan 5: Step-by-Step: Describe Connections Between Steps in a Process

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Spelling-Sound Correspondences

Lesson Plan 6: The Five W's and H: Answering Text-Based Questions

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Irregularly Spelled Words

Lesson Plan 7: More Than One Way to Tell a Story: Distinguish Among Stories, Dramas, and Poems

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Introduction to Syllables

Lesson Plan 8: Who Is Telling This Story? Point of View in Stories

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Prefixes and Suffixes

Lesson Plan 9: Sometimes Words Aren't Enough: Interpret Visual Elements

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Word Analysis Skills

Lesson Plan 10: A Special Message from the Author: Determine Topics and Theme in a Story

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Short and Long Vowel Sounds

Lesson Plan 11: The Same-but Not Really! Compare and Contrast Themes

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Syllabication Patterns

Lesson Plan 12: Prove It to Me! Identify Supporting Reasons

Foundational Skills Mini-Lesson: Prefixes and Suffixes

Part 2: Writing


Planning Checklist

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 13: And What Happened Next? Write a Narrative

Lesson Plan 14: Great Topics! Research to Learn More

Lesson Plan 15: That's a Fact! Write an Informative Text

Lesson Plan 16: What? Why? For Whom? Consider Task, Purpose, and Audience

Lesson Plan 17: Let's Blog! Use a Classroom Blog Site

Lesson Plan 18: This Is What I Think: Write an Opinion

Lesson Plan 19: In a Nutshell: Summarize Information

Part 3: Speaking and Listening


Planning Checklist

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 20: Five Senses: Describe People, Places, Things, or Events

Lesson Plan 21: Talk, Talk, Talk: Participate in Collaborative Discussions

Lesson Plan 22: Do You Hear What I Hear? Listen to Others Speak

Lesson Plan 23: Hooking 'Em In: Prepare an Oral Report on a Topic or Text

Lesson Plan 24: Putting It All Together: Deliver an Oral Report on a Topic or Text

Lesson Plan 25: Finding Support: Respond to a Speaker's Information

Lesson Plan 26: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 … Create Audio Recordings

Lesson Plan 27: Yo or Hello? Adapt Speech to a Variety of Contexts and Tasks

Lesson Plan 28: Do You Hear What I Hear? Learning to Paraphrase

Part 4: Language


Planning Checklist

Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 29: Letters Standing Tall: Use Proper Capitalization

Lesson Plan 30: Punctuation Station: How End Punctuation Functions

Lesson Plan 31: Getting Down the Bare Bones: Writing Simple Sentences

Lesson Plan 32: Sentence Power: Forming Compound Sentences

Lesson Plan 33: Reuse and Recycle Words! Multiple-Meaning Words

Lesson Plan 34: Piece by Piece, This Word Makes Sense: Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Lesson Plan 35: Easy As Pie! Similes and Metaphors

Reading Handouts:

Comparing Books Activity Sheet

Text Features Activity Sheet

Character Activity Sheet

Steps in a Process Activity Sheet

Types of Literature Activity Sheet

Point of View Activity Sheet

Visual Elements Activity Sheet

Author's Point and Evidence Activity Sheet

Writing Handouts:

Write a Story Activity Sheet

Topic Activity Sheet

Note-Taking Sheet

Informational Report Planning Sheet

Purpose, Audience, and Task Activity Sheet

Opinion Activity Sheet

Opinion with Reason Activity Sheet

Summary Activity Sheet

Speaking and Listening Handouts:

Writing Descriptions Based on the Five Senses

I Have Something to Say!

Prepare an Oral Report

Rubric for Presenting an Oral Report

Adapt Speech to Variety of Contexts and Tasks

Language Handouts:

Use Correct Capitalization

Forming Simple Sentences

Compound Sentence Activity Sheet

Multiple-Meaning Words Activity Sheet

Word Parts Activity Sheet

Simile and Metaphor Activity Sheet


Blank Lesson Plan Template

Recommended Literary and Nonfiction Sources

Sample Opinion-Writing Topics


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