This library of resources has been created and compiled in order to help English Language Arts educators in North Carolina to transition their instruction to the demands of the newly adopted English Language Arts Common Core State Standards [ELA CCSS]. It is not meant to replace a thorough reading of the standards, but rather to assist in thinking more deeply about different facets of instruction impacted by the ELA CCSS.
The goal is for teachers to become more familiar with the ELA CCSS as a new approach to instruction/curriculum design, and to use these materials and resources to inform their instruction and/or facilitate their own discussions with departmental colleagues, school administrators, or community stakeholders.
The fifteen facets of ELA instruction, called vignettes, are explored in detail by five NC ELA educators. As Kenan Fellows, these teachers have created a library of fifteen vignettes. These vignettes are not in a designated order. However, it it may help to know that each vignette contains the following components:
Round Table Discussion
This 5 — 7 minute clip of teachers' discussion serves as an introduction to that vignette of the common core. The educators are discussing their thoughts on this topic prior to taking any action on implementing it.
Aspect in Action:
This vignette is shown "In Action" in some way, whether via a lesson, conversation with colleague, or some other classroom teacher actions. The video of the vignette action takes place at the teacher's school site. It may have been taken from a classroom activity or a professional development opportunity such as a PLT meeting, department meeting, principal meeting, parent meeting, etc.
In a written reflection, the NC ELA educator reflects on the implementation of this vignette of the Common Core. The teacher may connect the Round Table Discussion with what happened In Action, highlight and refine significant understandings, suggest possible improvements and next steps, and/or to clarify aspects of the videos and future practice.
Any Links, Documents, Webpages, or other resources that relate to the lessons shown and/or vignette discussed would be included here, as well as any recommendations for further study.