As we consider how to implement the Common Core State Standards for Literacy, teachers and administrators alike are interested in how these standards align with the North Carolina Essential Standards. This requires an understanding of disciplinary literacy as well as implementation with fidelity.

Resources from Council of Chief State School Officers

Adolescent Literacy Toolkits: CCSSO’s Adolescent Literacy Toolkit was developed by the Council and multiple partners in response to a state-identified need to develop the skills, knowledge, and resources for content-area high school teachers to implement best strategies and practices to develop adolescent literacy.

Literacy experts answered common questions content-area teachers have about integrating literacy instruction into their daily practice. The answers include explanations for why literacy instruction within the content areas is so important and suggestions for how teachers can embed literacy instructional practices into their content lessons.

English/Language Arts Literacy Q&A
Math Literacy Q&A
Science Literacy Q&A
Social Studies Literacy Q&A

Web Resources

Literacy Design Collaborative: "The Literacy Design Collaborative is a loosely affiliated group of partners interested in making sure secondary teachers have strong supports for teaching literacy in content areas. If all students are to be prepared for the tough literacy demands of college and the workplace, it’s up to teachers to make that happen." Be sure to check out the Resources page.

Teachers' Domain - Inspiring Middle School Literacy: These self-paced online lessons are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note-taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, or English language arts topic. Each lesson addresses a range of literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher's guide.

Gates Foundation Argumentative Template Task Cards: These tasks promote quality writing about informational texts for ELA, science, and social studies.

Bringing Literacy Standards into Content Instruction: Developed by the Center on Instruction, “this document provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas, specifically focusing on the effective use of text in content areas.”

The National Writing Project: "The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners." This link will take you to the NWP Resources page.

General Resources

Resource Guide Adolescent Literacy: This resource from the National Literacy Project provides a variety of resources including: Promising Programs for Struggling Readers, Professional Development Opportunities in Adolescent Literacy, Tools for the Literacy Coach, Research, Web-Based Tools, School Literacy Models, Books for Schools to Read and Discuss, and Using Assessment to Inform Instruction.

Arts Guiding Principles: David Coleman, one of the writers of the Common Core State Standards, presents the seven guiding principles for the arts which should guide development of curriculum modules and accompanying materials. Take note of the connections drawn in these principles to literacy and other areas of study.

College and Career Readiness/Common Core Literacy Resources: Center on Instruction provides multiple resources to support college and career readiness as well as the implementation of Common Core State Standards for Literacy.

Structures of Informational Text Chart: This chart provides the structure, description, examples, common clue words, and sample activities for informational texts.


Adolescent Literacy: A Policy Research Brief produced by the National Council of Teachers of English -- With an emphasis on promoting adolescent literacy through research-based teaching practices, this brief provides a background for the causes of concern and myths regarding understanding adolescent literacy.

Redefining Text Redefined Me: Belinda Foster shares her realization of how her new definition of text has made her a very different educator.

Getting Real about Student Writing: Kelly Gallagher shares his insights in this Education Week article.

Ways to Teach about Informational Text: This article from National Council for the Social Studies provides research-based strategies for teaching about informational text.

“The resources provided during the course of the NCDPI Summer Institute 2012 have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during the Summer Institute.”