Standards-aligned At-A-Glance Template

The following document was developed by Ginger Howe of Moore PS. It is intended to provide guidance for aligning current materials and supporting teachers to develop new units aligned to all eight standards of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts. Please download the template and samples below.


197 kBHowe-Meiller Unit at a Glance Template 926 kBGrade 3, Unit 3, Week 2 Sample 926 kBGrade 6, Unit 3

Trish Long’s 5th Grade Writing Resources

Writing WGUM iconI’ve made some resources to help fifth grade teachers prepare for the test.  I have emailed them to several teachers upon request through #ELAOK. When I developed these resources, I did so with the idea that each prompt and the additional supporting forms would last one week with five consecutive writing process lesson periods.

Here are my suggestions for use:

Read the prompt packet (Trish’ Prompt Pack is linked below or access the OSDE Prompts: Narrative, Expository, Opinion). Complete the Pick Apart the Prompt page.
Review Pick Apart form and highlight three examples of relevant evidence from both passages that support the prompt’s purpose.  Use yellow for passage one and blue for passage two. (see Play-Doh and Glitter activity below) We discuss and decide the best way to plan the response by choosing a graphic organizer.  Give students blank copy paper and facilitate as they brainstorm/plan their response.  Since we have been practicing this skill all year,  I usually do only the first week’s planning page as a whole group.
Review the state rubric as a whole group lesson only looking at what it takes to receive a 4.  Students write their response.

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The Combellick Grammar Guide

These materials have been compiled to support ELA teachers in the area of grammar instruction. Many secondary teachers have voiced concerns that students begin grammar in elementary school but then do not revisit it until the ACT/SAT test comes around. The occasional worksheet or DOL as bell work has been the ‘go to’ for elementary and secondary teachers alike. These materials are designed to help you create integrated grammar instruction that is functional and supportive of writing and reading instruction.

We have all seen the many grammar books boasting 150 WORKSHEETS or 5000 PAGES of FUN. This is not either of those.

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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.

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Teaching “A Letter to America”


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The following lesson was developed and is taught by Jennifer Williams (@JennWillTeach) of Sperry Public Schools. This is a short-term group project intended for grades 9-12. The full project aligns with Oklahoma Academic Standards for Reading Informational Texts, Writing, Language, and Speaking & Listening.

It will require copies of A Letter to America by David Boren.

Thank you, Mrs. Williams, for sharing your work!

Download full lesson details below:

406 kBA Letter to America Boren Assign by Jenn Williams