Schools nationwide are transitioning to the Common Core--our advice to you: Don't go it alone! Our new book, Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans: Ready-to-Use Resources, K-5, shows you that teaching the Common Core State Standards in the elementary grades doesn't have to be intimidating!

This easy-to-use guide provides model lesson plans for teaching the standards in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language. 

  • Get engaging lesson plans that are grade-appropriate, easy to implement and include ready-to-use reproducible handouts, assessments, resources, and ideas to help you modify the lesson for both struggling and advanced learners.
  • Our Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans are designed to fit seamlessly into your K-5 curriculum.
  • You get practical tips for revamping your existing lessons to meet the standards.
  • Students learn how to read informational texts, write opinion-based essays, and improve their speaking and listening skills.
  • Grammar mini-lessons and foundational skills mini-lessons will help you teach language conventions, phonics, fluency, and more!

We take the guesswork out of Common Core lesson plans with this practical, easy-to-use guide. All lesson plans are grade-appropriate, and every lesson plan includes... 

  • Common Core State Standards covered in the lesson
  • Overview of objectives and focus of the lesson
  • Background knowledge required and time required
  • A detailed, step-by-step agenda for the lesson, plus a materials list
  • Differentiation ideas to adapt the lesson for different kinds of learners
  • Assessment ideas, including rubrics and scoring guides
  • A place for your notes: what worked; what can improve

Bonus! We show you how to extend the lessons into longer units to suit your particular grade's curriculum, and even help you create more of your own lessons!

part 1|79 pages


chapter 1|5 pages

What's the Big Idea?

Identify the Main Topic and Details

chapter 2|5 pages

Each One Is Different

Compare Two Books on the Same Topic

chapter 3|8 pages

How Do I Find What I Need?

Identify and Use Text Features

chapter 4|6 pages

Paint a Picture With Your Words!

Describe a Character's Looks, Actions, and Feelings

chapter 5|7 pages


Describe Connections Between Steps in a Process

chapter 6|6 pages

The Five W's and H

Answering Text-Based Questions

chapter 7|7 pages

More Than One Way to Tell a Story

Distinguish Among Stories, Dramas, and Poems

chapter 8|7 pages

Who Is Telling This Story?

Point of View in Stories

chapter 9|7 pages

Sometimes Words A ren' t Enough

Interpret Visual Elements

chapter 10|5 pages

A Special Message from the Author

Determine Topics and Theme in a Story

chapter 11|5 pages

The Same-but Not Really!

Compare and Contrast Themes

chapter 12|7 pages

Prove It to Me!

Identify Supporting Reasons

part 2|40 pages


chapter 13|4 pages

And What Happened Next?

Write a Narrative

chapter 14|6 pages

This Is What I Think

Write an Opinion

chapter 15|6 pages

Great Topics

Research to Learn More

chapter 16|7 pages

That's a Fact

Write an Informative Text

chapter 17|7 pages

What? Why? For Whom?

Consider Task, Purpose, and Audience

chapter 18|3 pages

Let's Blog

Use a Classroom Blog Site

chapter 19|4 pages

In a Nutshell

Summarize Information

part 3|41 pages

Speaking and Listening

chapter 20|5 pages

Five Senses

Describe People, Places, Things, or Events

chapter 21|5 pages

Talk, Talk, Talk

Participate in Collaborative Discussions

chapter 22|3 pages

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Listen to Others Speak

chapter 23|3 pages

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 …

Create Audio Recordings

chapter 24|4 pages

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Learning to Paraphrase

chapter 25|5 pages

Hooking ‘Em In

Prepare an Oral Report

chapter 26|6 pages

Putting it All Together

Deliver an Oral Report on a Topic or Text

chapter 27|3 pages

Finding Support

Respond to a Speaker's Information

chapter 28|4 pages

Yo or Hello?

Adapt Speech to a Variety of Contexts and Tasks

part 4|41 pages


chapter 29|4 pages

Letters Standing Tall

Use Proper Capitalization

chapter 30|6 pages

Punctuation Station

How End Punctuation Functions

chapter 31|5 pages

Getting Down the Bare Bones

Writing Simple Sentences

chapter 32|5 pages

Sentence Power

Forming Compound Sentences

chapter 33|5 pages

Reuse and Recycle Words!

Multiple-Meaning Words

chapter 34|6 pages

Piece by Piece, This Word Makes Sens

Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

chapter 35|7 pages

Easy As Pie!

Similes and Metaphors