English Language Arts

Using the CA ELD Standards in Integrated and Designated ELD

This tutorial provides an overview of the relationship between integrated ELD, where the California ELD Standards are used during content instruction, and designated ELD, where the California ELD Standards are used as the focal standards.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Scaffolding English Learners' Academic and Language Development

Learn about how formative assessment practices, such as planned and just-in-time scaffolding, support English learners’ academic and language development. 

A corresponding handout is available for download.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Fostering a Learning Culture as a Shared Responsibility

Watch this tutorial to learn about some key approaches to fostering a learning culture, and how these approaches can work together with the CA ELD Standards and the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Online Communities of Practice

Watch this tutorial about online Communities of Practice to see how you can network and learn with other teachers online.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

What Are the Proficiency Level Descriptors?

Watch this tutorial to learn about the CA ELD Standards Proficiency Level Descriptors and how you can use them as a guide to observe your students’ progress.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

California’s Values for Educating English Learners

Watch this tutorial to learn more about the eight core, guiding values called out in the California ELA/ELD Curriculum Framework. 

 A corresponding handout is available for download.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

The Capacities of Literate Individuals

In this tutorial you’ll learn more about California’s vision and shared values for educating English learners, as articulated in the new California ELA/ELD Curriculum Framework.

A corresponding handout is available for download.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Intent, Structure, and Elements of the CA ELD Standards

Watch this tutorial to learn about how the CA ELD Standards are structured, what their intent is, how they correspond with the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy, and what they convey about teaching and learning.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Online Resources to Support Planning in ELA Instruction

These web-based resources provide additional resources and support for teachers as they move through the process of planning performance tasks in English Language Arts.

  • Key Shifts in English Language Arts: On their website, the Common Core State Standards Initiative lays out the three main shifts in the focus of English Language Arts that educators need to understand in order to provide effective instruction under the Common Core State Standards.

  • Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy Claims: The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium developed these ELA/Literacy claims to help bridge the standards and assessments, allowing for an accurate view of student achievement on the summative assessment.

  • Smarter Balanced Argumentative Performance Task Writing Rubric: The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provides rubrics to evaluate student writing in the English Language Arts/Literacy performance tasks. This rubric is designed for argumentative writing in grades 6-11. In the Supporting Students to Effectively Select and Elaborate on Textual Evidence video series, a teacher and coach adapt the rubric to focus on and scaffold specific skills.

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