25 Jul

Moving Beyond Texts lessons

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In this time of transition, we have created lessons for teachers grades 5-12 that focus on moving beyond texts to foster interactive student learning. These lessons are adaptable for all teachers to use in their classrooms. We have based the lessons on NMSI’s (National Math and Science Institute) lessons “Moving Beyond Text”. This program focuses on integrating visual, literary, informational, and electronic sources in lessons for the ELA classroom. We have produced these sample lessons in hopes that ELA teachers around the state will use these models and develop even better ideas to share with others here on the ELAOKTeachers site.

Please feel free to look at these materials and choose what would be most helpful for your classroom. These lessons are intended to be a foundation for amazing lessons and units for teacher use, were created  in order to ensure our students are provided with ‘rigorous’ materials. Feel free to edit or adapt these lessons for your classroom and share your experiences and concerns with us. We will use this feedback to create future plans and materials for teachers to use.

In future convenings, we strongly believe that adaptable lessons and resources will be needed to encourage ELA teachers around the state to be confident in their abilities and to grow as teachers. We are all available for support; please feel free to email or contact any of us if you are in need of resources, ideas, or a kind word.


Melissa McGaughy- Yarbrough Public School | Evelyn Cantrell- Grandview Public Schools | Kathy Williams- Broken Arrow Public Schools | Janice Brim- Moore Public Schools | Mindy Foutch- Morris Public Schools | Amber Combellick- Dove and Discovery Public Charter Schools


The following lessons are shared via Google Drive. You should not need a Google account to access and download.

11 Jul

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness in the Classroom



Reflect and respond to the following questions in the discussion box at the bottom of the page.

  1. What was effective about Kelly’s instruction?
  2. What can you takeaway and implement in your classroom?


After watching and reflecting on the instructional practices, listen to this follow-up interview between Susie Popplewell, Ph. D. and Kelly Forbes, M. Ed..


07 Jul


By popular request, below are the side-by-side comparisons between the Priority Academic Student Skills standards (PASS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts. They were removed from the state department website because they caused more confusion than clarification. With that in mind, it isn’t a recommended tool. However, requests state that the documents could be helpful when determining how to match CCSS-aligned materials back to PASS standards.

So, by popular demand, below are the original side-by-side files. Please note that the Side-by-Side Comparisons provided below are not perfect and should be viewed and interpreted critically. Local districts should complete their own analysis using these only as guidance.

The original documents included a Level of Agreement column that distinguished mapped standards as (1) Weak, (2) Good, and (3) Excellent.

738 kBOK – ELA By CCSS 858 kBOK – ELA By State

These ratings were not included in the documents provided here, which means many of the standards that are matched may not actually have a good or strong match.

English Language Arts (Completed 2012)