Resources - English Language Arts


In Maine, how schools implement standards is entirely a local decision. The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following resources that educators may find helpful as part of our commitment to supporting Maine's learning community.

Instructional Resources
  • Achieve the Core. The authors of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for both English language arts (ELA) and math provide free resources for implementation.
  • Engage New York. EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This website supports Common Core and provides a full section on choosing texts, suggestions, and links for finding rich complex texts.
  • Micro-Courses Collection. The micro-courses are under construction and will be available soon. The Maine DOE developed this professional learning tool as a resource to K-5 educators. The courses are designed specifically for teachers seeking to further their knowledge of research-based, literacy-related content and to explore methods for applying that knowledge to their classroom practice.
  • Louisiana Believes. Louisiana Believes is built on the premise that all children can achieve high expectations for learning and that those closest to children – parents and teachers – know better than government how to help students achieve those expectations.
  • Literacy Design Collaborative. LDC is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas.
  • Read Aloud Project. Achieve the Core worked with educators across the United States to develop a bank of appropriately complex texts for reading aloud at the K-2 level that include lessons.
  • Basal Alignment Project. Achieve the Core worked with educators across the United States to develop a bank of text dependent questions that accompany Common Core reading program text selections.  
  • Bridges Units. The International Literacy Association has developed units of study that include text sets to build student knowledge and vocabulary. These can be accessed by ILA members.
  • Writing for Understanding Sequences. The Vermont Writing Collaborative has vetted a collection of content-based reading and writing tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  The lesson sequences were created by educators, are available in grades K-12 and integrate with a variety of subject areas including science, social studies and math.
  • Student Writing Samples. Annotated samples of student work present a range of examples of Common Core-aligned student work, drawn directly from K-12 classrooms across the country.
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This national organization advocates for 21st-century readiness for every student by supporting local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
  • Putting Reading First in Maine Video Series. The Department's Putting Reading First in Maine initiative offers a series of 17 video segments for professional development.
  • ReadWriteThink. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association host a website with a plethora of resources for the English classroom. Find lesson plans, professional learning opportunities and more.
  • TextProject. This teacher development series aims to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction. Text Complexity and CCSS is a digital learning series from TextProject.
Research & Policy
Professional Organizations
Other Resources
  • Literacy Links NewslettersLiteracy Links is the Maine DOE's bi-monthly electronic publication for educators that provides research-based information related to a number of aspects of literacy education.
  • ELA Listserv. If you would like to receive information about upcoming ELA and literacy events, new resources and developments, and opportunities specific to ELA/literacy interests, sign-up for the ELA listserv. This is a receive-only service and does not allow conversations.
  • Model Course in Expository Reading & Writing. Wondering what to do in a senior English class? California State University has developed a high school senior year English course based on expository reading and writing. It is organized into modules, which can be downloaded online. Most of the assignments do not require the purchase of textbooks.
  • Professional Development. The Maine DOE has developed three professional development modules to help educators understand and implement the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.
  • Tools & Resources from:
    • Hawaii. Find a long list of Common Core aligned resources for instruction.
    • Washington. Assessment, instructional, and professional learning materials from DOE.
    • Multiple CCSS States. Dynamic learning maps.