Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans : Ready-to-Use Resources, K-5 book cover
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Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans
Ready-to-Use Resources, K-5

ISBN 9781596672239
Published October 1, 2012 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

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!

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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"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