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Common Core Resources


Learning the Common Core 

Lessons and Resources for the Classroom

Texts found in the Common Core Standards (



Literature: Stories, Drama, Poetry


Informational Texts: Literary Nonfiction and Historical, Scientific, and Technical Texts 

The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1592)
Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1817)
“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe (1845)
   Copy 1, 23
The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry (1906)
   Copy 1, 2, 3, 45
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (1975)
Speech to the Second Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry (1775)
Farewell Address” by George Washington (1796) “Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln (1863)
State of the Union Address” by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1941) “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964) “Hope, Despair and Memory” by Elie Wiesel (1997)
 11,12   Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats (1820)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontèˆ (1848)
Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson (1890)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003)
  Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776) Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854) “Society and Solitude” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1857) “The Fallacy of Success” by G. K. Chesterton (1909) Black Boy by Richard Wright (1945) “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell (1946) “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry” by Rudolfo Anaya (1995)
Primary Source Sites
National Archives of LOTS of countries:
Library of Congress:
American Folklife:


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)
What is PBIS? It is: "a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students."
PHS PBIS Handbook 2014-15

View Gail Cafferata's Powerpoint for an overview of PBIS, or view the following websites for more great information:


PLC (Professional Learning Communities) Meeting Norms

SMART Goals S pecific M easureable A ttainable R esults T ime

Common Formative Assessments

Cool Tools

Animoto (
  • create online videos (30-second videos, unlimited is for free, more is for a small price)
  • -Lesson Plans
    Big Huge Labs (
  • do cool things to photos
  • for student group collaboration of research sources
  • animated movie maker
  • create online animations (small amount for free)
  • Google Drive (formerly Google Docs:
  • collaborate on projects (docs, spreadsheets, Powerpoint-type presentations), edit simultaneously as other group members, all changes are tracked 
  • online collaborative tools for class projects, posters, etc.
  • Imagechef (
  • this provides fun ways to present information visually; you can present your lessons to the students using this site, OR you can assign the students creative projects that culminate in a visual presentation of their research, etc.
  • Media History Digital Lab
    --Teaching resources including student games, lesson plans, and tons more
    Opper Project (
  • this is a history site that uses editorial cartoons as teaching aids
  • PBS Learning Media (
  • lesson plans by grade and standard
  • this is a free online workspace/wiki for teachers to use with their students
  • Plagiarism Checker ( OR (  
  • cut-and-paste papers to check for plagiarism
  • Poll Daddy (
  • free (up to 100 responses per month) online poll where you can send your kids home with a question, problem, etc., and have them login and submit their responses to you as homework
  • Prezi (
  • this is an online presentation tool that takes the mundane and makes it into something the kids are more likely to pay attention to
  • Rollyo (
  • create a group of websites that students are limited to in accomplishing a given project (this allows you to guide students in their searches while still allowing them the experience of searching)
  • Story Board That-Digital Storytelling (
  • have students create a "comic" explaining a concept they are studying
  • Teaching Tolerance-Civil Discourse
  • these lessons provide a way for basic argument literacy to be integrated into any classroom. Students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels are able to learn the basic tools for argumentation
  • Thesis Builder for Persuasive Essay (
  • this is a cool tool that serves to give kids an idea of what goes into a thesis and how those ideas look in the end
  • TimeToast (
  • create timelines on the web
  • TrackStar (
  • create an online lesson embedding web pages with your own annotations and tasks for students
  • Wordle (
  • this takes words and turns them into cool pictures, for example, you could have a student submit their paper to Wordle, create a picture, and the topics they mention the most will be the bigger words in the picture; they could then evaluate if they were staying on topic and mentioning pertinent items, all the while making a cool picture

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    Academic Earth (
  • these are university-level lectures on academic topics
  • C-Span (
  • Inner workings of congressional proceedings
  • CNN News (
  • Kid Friendly News
  • Social Science, Geography, History, Science videos of high-quality
  • The History Channel (
  • History
  • How Stuff Works (
  • Variety of topics
  • iTunes U (
  • must have iTunes installed, don't worry, it's free 
  • Khan Academy (
  • math, science, humanities, test prep
  • Library of Congress (
  • Catalog of Prints and Photos Online, photos to use in the classroom for PowerPoint, Photo Story and reference
  • math-can be used for problem-solving
  • free videos to stream (include National Geographic, etc.)
  • Variety of topics                            
  • TED (
  • Technology, Entertainment, Design-"Ideas worth spreading"
  • Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video            
  • Untamed Science (
  • Biology and Earth Science videos