A Common Core-aligned assignment for English Language Arts/literacy has essential features. First and foremost, it must be aligned to the appropriate grade-level standard. The standard(s) then set the frame for instructional goals and the assignment’s content and tasks. Alignment also means that the assignment embraces the instructional shifts articulated by the Common Core. In ELA/literacy, these shifts require students to have regular practice with complex texts and their academic language; read, write, and speak using evidence from texts, both literary and informational; and build knowledge through content. Finally, an aligned assignment is clearly articulated so that students can fully understand what is expected of them.
- How often do students read, discuss, and write about complex texts in a way that honors the spirit of the
- How do I ensure that my assignments and expectations for student work are clear? What language and guidance do I provide to ensure clarity?
Questions for Analysis
|Does the assignment align to the appropriate grade-level, Common Core State Standard?||
|Does the assignment clearly articulate the task?||