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Welcome to SMSD's 4th grade Language Arts Resources


"Read like a detective. Write like an investigative reporter."
- David Coleman, an architect of CCSS and President-Elect of The College Board



*Classroom Teacher Wikis can provide you with a secure and flexible space to manage whole-class and/or team projects and discussions.

Getting Started

  • The "Getting Started" link (left) has resources and tools for transitioning to CCSS.

Getting Help

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CCCS is the what. PBL (Project-Based Learning) is the how.

The Key


(Excerpt from “Reading in the Disciplines: The Challenges of Adolescent Literacy” [p. 17-18] – Final report from the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy.)

The most important key to these core practices is creating a culture of high expectations through building routines (Lee, 2001, 2007). Routines help to establish students’ expectations for what they do, how they do things, and why…these include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Double entry journals where students post questions, observations of patterns in the texts, summarize, make connections;
  • K-W-L—a graphic where students identify what they already know (K), what they want to know (W) and after reading what they have learned (L);
  • Graphic organizers that use text structures to guide what kinds of information students are reading for or that map out the kinds of semantic knowledge students need to understand vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, examples, attributes, morphemic analysis);
  • Anticipation guides that list key ideas (including ideas that are counterintuitive or controversial) that the teacher wants students to interrogate in reading a given text and to re-visit after reading;
  • Annotation of texts to pose questions, mark main ideas, make predictions, mark reactions;
  • Analyzing question types;
  • Support for producing self explanations.