Sample ELA Resources for California
In this curriculum, customized to align with Common Core State Standards for California, students read and analyze genres including poetry, novels, plays, biographies, nonfiction narratives, speeches, and films. They also learn to write in wide variety of forms, including essays, personal narratives, argumentative texts, and research papers.
Supplementing that core ELA curriculum, CCSS-aligned workshops in Close Reading and Writing offer opportunities to focus on specific skills.
ELA Grade 6 Sample Activity: Textual Evidence (Teacher Edition)
Using the newspaper column that inspired the memoir Marley and Me, students learn to identify and interpret textual evidence. (CCSS focus on RI.6.1, RI.6.36.6, RI.6.8, W.6.9; also addresses W.6.2, W.6.10, L.6.56.6)
ELA Grade 7 Sample Activity: Evaluating Sources (Teacher Edition)
Using a statement about marketing practices posted on the website of Mars, a candy company, students learn to evaluate online content and distinguish between primary and secondary sources. (CCSS focus on W.7.2, W.7.8, RI.7.1, RI.7.6; also addresses W.7.7, SL.7.2, SL.7.6)
ELA Grade 8 Sample Activity: Analyzing Structure (Teacher Edition)
Using Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh,” students are introduced to narrative techniques before drafting a “hero’s journey” narrative of their own.(CCSS focus on RL.8.38.4, W.8.3; also addresses RL.8.1-8.2, RL.8.10, W.8.38.4, W.8.10, L.8.4)
Grade 9 Sample Activity: Defining Experiences (Teacher Edition)
Using a coming of age story by Eugenia Collier, students reinforce their understanding of voice, inference, flashback, and juxtaposition. (CCRS focus on RL.9¬10.5, RL.9¬10.3, RL.9¬10.4; also addresses RL.9–10.1, RL.9–10.10, W.9–10.2a, W.9–10.2b, W.9–10.2c, W.9–10.2d, W.9–10.2f, W.9–10.4, W.9–10.5, L.9–10.4a, L.9–10.5b, L.9–10.6)
Grade 10 Sample Activity: Narrative Pacing (Teacher Edition)
Using an essay by “Ace of Spades” author David Matthews, students examine narrative pacing techniques including word choices, sentence lengths, and use of descriptive details. (CCRS focus on RI.9¬10.1, W.9¬10.3b, L.9¬10.2; also addresses W.9–10.3a, W.9–10.3c, W.9–10.3d, W.9–10.4,
W.9–10.9; W.9–10.10; SL.9–10.1a; SL.9–10.1c, SL.9–10.6, L.9–10.2a, L.9–10.4, L.9–10.6)
Grade 11 Sample Activity: Rhetorical Devices (Teacher Edition)
Using a Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech and The Bill of Rights, students compare how the same theme is treated in different texts and analyze the use of rhetorical devices. (CCRS focus on RI.11¬12.2, RI.11¬12.4, RI.11¬12.8, RI.11¬12.9, SL.11¬12.1, SL.11¬12.1a, SL.11¬12.1d; also addresses RI.11–12.1, RI.11–12.6, RI.11–12.10, SL.11–12.1c, SL.11–12.1d)
Grade 12 Sample Activity: Exploring the “Outsider” Theme (Teacher Edition)
Using an excerpt from Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club” and a clip from the film of the same name, students explore the theme of being “a stranger in the village” before writing an essay based on an analogous experience. (CCRS focus on W.11¬12.5, SL.11-12.4a; also addresses RL.11–12.1, RL.11–12.3, RL.11–12.10, W.11–12.3b, W.11–12.10, L.11–12.5b)
Close Reading Workshop: Grade 9 Sample Activity (Teacher Edition)
Using an excerpt from a book of literary nonfiction, grade 9 students practice SOAPSTone and other close reading strategies.
Writing Workshop: Grade 11 Sample Activity (Teacher Edition)
Using a rebuttal letter written by Adlai Stevenson, students progress from reading and analyzing an argumentative text to writing one themselves.