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Common Core Standards for Middle School English Language Arts: A Quick-Start Guide

Susan Ryan & Dana Frazee; edited by John Kendall

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Smart implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires both an overall understanding of the standards and a grasp of their implications for planning, teaching, and learning. 

This quick-start guide provides a succinct, all-in-one look at

  • The content, structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core standards for English language arts at the middle school level.
  • The meaning of the individual standards within the four ELA strands—Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language, with an emphasis on areas that represent the most significant changes to business as usual.
  • How the standards connect across strands, domains, and grade levels to build on prior learning and prepare students for the nuanced communication and analytical work they will encounter in high school.

Here, middle school ELA teachers and school leaders will find information they need to begin adapting their practices to ensure that all students master the new and challenging material contained in the standards. 

A practical lesson planning process to use with the Common Core, based on Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Ed., is included, along with three sample lessons.

Learn the Essentials of the Common Core

The grade-level and subject-specific quick-start guides in the Understanding the Common Core Standards series, edited by John Kendall, are designed to help school leaders and school staffs turn Common Core standards into coherent, content-rich curriculum and effective, classroom-level lessons.

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Susan Ryan, AuthorSUSAN RYAN is a senior consultant at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). She has reviewed, revised, and developed language arts standards documents for many districts, state agencies, and education organizations. Ms. Ryan has conducted alignment reviews on assessment items, instructional materials, and curriculum materials. Her work with the Common Core State Standards includes the production of gap analyses, crosswalks, transition documents, alignment reviews, and research support for state departments of education.

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Dana Frazee, AuthorDANA FRAZEE is a principal consultant at McREL. She conducts workshops and training on curriculum and system improvement. She works with districts and teachers in North Dakota and Wyoming on the implementation of the Common Core English Language Arts standards. Ms. Frazee has been a middle school and high school teacher, a teacher leader, the principal of a K–8 charter school, and a K–12 educational consultant. 

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John Kendall, EditorJOHN KENDALL (Series Editor) is Senior Director in Research at McREL in Denver. Having joined McREL in 1988, Mr. Kendall conducts research and development activities related to academic standards. He directs a technical assistance unit that provides standards-related services to schools, districts, states, and national and international organizations. He is author of Understanding Common Core State Standards, senior author of Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K–12 Education, and the author or coauthor of numerous reports and guides related to standards-based systems.

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