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Looking for elementary literacy resources that align with the CCSS? Check out these materials from our partners.

Presenting the work of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Student Achievement Partners.

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Student Achievement Partners and the Council of Great City Schools partnered to create the BAP. This initiative gathered educators together to evaluate and create test-dependent questions and Common Core-aligned lessons, questions, and materials to use in conjunction with lessons from the most commonly used basal readers. Discover a sampling of the resources here.
What is the Basal Alignment Project?
Resource: Web Resource
Are you an elementary school teacher who uses basal readers? Learn how the work of the Basal Alignment Project can provide you with Common Core State Standards-aligned resources to help you in your classroom.
Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
Help students understand the importance of creativity in problem solving using this 3rd grade unit on the book Prudy’s Problem and How She Solved It by Carey Armstrong-Ellis. You will find text-dependent questions and sample answers within this unit, as well as academic vocabulary essential to understanding.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
Third grade students analyze the story Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Clearly using text-dependent questions, academic vocabulary, and a culminating task that asks them to re-read, think, discuss, and write with the goal of understanding that all families disagree and argue at times, even nice ones.
Akiak
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
Akiak by Robert J. Blake is the story of a sled dog who, despite being injured and disqualified from the Iditarod, perseveres to follow her owner and team of dogs to the finish line. This 4th grade unit centers on the big idea that courage is sometimes necessary to win and that “winning” can mean different things, depending on the situation.
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
Use the story Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walker to help 4th grade students understand how to resolve conflicts. This unit focuses on difficult emotions, such as inadequacy and embarrassment, as well as dispels traditional gender roles. Help students to understand these big ideas by asking text-dependent questions, leading the class in discussion, and explaining complex academic vocabulary.
Sees Behind Trees
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris is the story of a boy who overcomes a physical deficit and finds his own unique strengths in the process. After failing at a ritual required by his tribe for passage into manhood, the main character is frustrated and embarrassed. But with his mother’s help, he discovers a way to work around his physical challenge. In this 5th grade unit, students trace the story’s symbolic use of moss, which is directly related to the main character’s goal, as well as the sash that plays a key role in uncovering his talents. Students will examine and discuss the story’s plot and characters, supporting their observations with evidence from the text.
Sleds on Boston Common
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
In Louise Borden’s Sleds on Boston Common, a fictional story based on local Boston lore, the narrator is 9-year-old Henry Price. Seeking to change how things are run after British soldiers take over the city in 1774, he speaks to the general in charge of the troops about allowing the local children to sled on the Common. Will Henry get a place to sled? Use this unit to help 5th grade students understand that by speaking up and clearly explaining their reasoning, it is possible to create positive change.
Sarah Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
This short unit is based on the poem “Sarah Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by Shel Silverstein. Known for writing hilarious poems full of figurative language and exaggeration, Silverstein illustrates how one seemingly small choice can have colossal consequences.
The Smallest Dragonboy
Lesson: Classroom Challenges
This unit is based on the fantasy story The Smallest Dragonboy by Anne McCaffery. Students fill in a conflicts chart, or tree map, to help them track internal and external conflicts within the story. They then use the chart, along with their responses to text-dependent questions and evidence from the story, to write an essay that answers the question: How does the main character’s determination and perseverance help him overcome challenges?

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