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English Language Arts Section

The End of School Year Edition


June 2015

Mosaic of Ideas 

This edition of the SCOOP highlights many of the resources we shared this spring.  Each page is linked for additional information.  Below is a "Mosaic of Ideas" included in this edition.



Collaborative Learning

The Power of Think Time



Take a look at how a teacher uses think time to enrich collaborative work.



Critical literacy is the ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships.

Digital Resources to Support Critical Literacy

  Critical Literacy

60 Second Recap

Writing support and resources for students and teachers

"Recaps" or Summaries of Texts

Informational writing does not need to sound like an encyclopedia. It can be richly constructed with a wide variety of sentence patterns. Craft elements and literary devices should be highlighted and employed in informational texts just as carefully as we implement them in fiction.  

-Linda Hoyt

Narrative Techniques in Informational Writing

Don't make me read another piece of boring writing!




Letters of Note

Primary Source Documents



The site gathers letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos from both famous and unknown people from various time periods.  It includes photographs of the original text and its translation.


It is a resource to find informational texts rich with narration throughout! 

Awesome Stories is a free website presenting compelling stories with related primary source evidence in the form of videos, audio clips, documents and images, so that students can engage, research, think critically, reflect and communicate to succeed as 21st century learners.

An infographic communicates information whereas a poster tends to be more inspirational or surface level. Infographics are optimal for visual learners.


“A good infographic is worth a 1,000 words.”

- Kevin Drum


  • FREE account
  • Many templates
  • Easy to embed images and videos
  • Can create in Slides and/or Studio mode
  • Animations and images available
  • Music and voice recording 
  • Web-based (can access with URL)
  • Engaging
  • Students can easily use
  • Tutorials

* Blauman, Leslie, and Jim Burke. The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded Grades 3-5. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Literacy, 2014.


* Morrow, Lesley Mandel, et al. Teaching with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts: PreK-2. New York: The Guildford Press, 2013. Print.

 Reading Foundational Skills

            Grammar Models

This site collects a number of resources to help in the teaching of language and grammar as part of an authentic writing and reading curriculum. 

 Grammar in Context

Teaching Grammar in Context Video

Listen to a teacher talk about how she teaches grammar in context.

Strategies for Engaging Both Teachers and Students in the Formative Assessment Process

53 Ways to Check for Understanding

This big, printable list of assessment strategies will help you identify new ways to check for understanding and verify what students have learned.

27 Simple Ways to Check for  Understanding

An infographic with ideas to see if students really got it.




Master Teachers share:
- the “how” and the “why” of their effective practice, narrating their enactment of each section of a lesson;
- videos of particular instructional strategies;
- thoughts on their implementation of CCSS;
- resources they’ve tried and the results; and
- examples of student work.


This site takes the user step-by-step through a process to create lessons tightly aligned to the Standards.  

The Multi-genre Research Project is a way to expose students to writing, literature, and research while deepening their understanding of a specific topic. The multi-genre paper asks students to see, understand, interpret, synthesize, and know their subject through multiple genres rather than a traditional or linear research-based paper.

 Multi-genre Research & Writing Projects

This image is linked to information about resources for digital publishing. is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire users. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.

Congratulations to Valerie Person for the Most Creative Infographic


English Language Arts 2015 Infographic Contest


This training provides an invaluable collection of resources for K-12 teachers to support ELA instructional practices. Topics include narrative techniques, grammar in context, formative assessment, and much more!  Join the ELA team for a day of discovery and discussion. 

*Note: This is the same training that the ELA team conducted during the Spring 2015 RESA trainings.

Free registration!  Lunch will be on your own. Lunch, substitutes, parking, and travel expenses are not covered.  Be sure to bring a photo ID to enter the building.

There will be TWO opportunities to attend this training.  Please choose and register for the one that best fits your schedule!

June 26, 2015  9:00-3:00 (NC Education Building, Raleigh - Room 150)   

To register: (use the password: mosaic)


July 21, 2015 9:00-3:00 (NC Education Building, Raleigh - Room 150)    To register: (use the password: mosaic)


 "Mosiac of Ideas"





The North Carolina English Teachers Annual Conference will be held 

October 2-3 at the University of North Carolina in Asheville! 


Go to http://www.ncenglishteachers

to register and submit proposals and poster presentations. 




Visit for details

    on how to register for the conference.

What is
The Big Read?

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.  Browse educational resources including digital Reader's Guides, Teacher's Guides, and multimedia about your favorite authors and poets.

Like this flip book?

Try one with your students:

The ELA Section is in the process of updating and renovating our Resources LiveBinder!

Coming in July!

Share this link with your ELA team and colleagues...


DPI ELA List Serve 

Julie Joslin, Ed.D.

Section Chief

English Language Arts



Lisa McIntosh, MSA

K-5 English Language Arts




Kristi Day, M.Ed.

K-5 English Language Arts








Contact Information

Anna Lea Frost, M.Ed.

6-8 English Language Arts




Angie Stephenson, M.Ed.

9-12 English Language Arts