5 Ways to Make Summer Planning Easier

By on June 8, 2015

This summer, consider using LiteracyTA’s tools and resources to help you plan for the 2015-2016 school year. As a classroom teacher, I see the value in creating a lesson for each of my texts with the Lesson Planner. My lessons will be standard based, interactive, focused on reading, speaking, and writing skills, and built on best teaching practices.

In addition to the Lesson Planner, we have listed four more resources to help teachers plan for the next school year. Our minds are already there. We are already looking to next year and thinking about what we will teach. We are here to help!

Lesson Planner

Teachers like you use our Lesson Planner to build lessons that support the Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. We mapped the Common Core Standards to practical activities and skills that help students become stronger readers, speakers, and writers. What’s special about our planner is its ability to make recommendations and guide you through the development of a Common Core lesson.

Common Core Lesson Planner

Start with our Templates. 70% of the lesson is complete. The standards, a writing task, and a practical set of skills are pre-selected. Planning with our Templates can get you going.

Once the lesson is built, TA members can share it with our growing family of inspired educators. Content teams can build lessons for each other and share them. This is an efficient way to plan.

Common Core Alignment Table: Standards to Skills

This section makes it easy for classroom teachers to plan with standards in mind. Start with a reading, speaking, or writing standard and scroll down to see skills and activities that directly align to the standard you are planning to teach. We recommend that educators use the same skill or activity throughout the year so that students build toward mastery, then periodically introduce new skills and activities that get students practicing the standard in different ways.

Common Core Reading Skill

Writing Prompt Builder

Our Prompt Builder can help you create sophisticated prompts in minutes. Create prompts that align to the academic rigor and expectations found in Common Core and College and Career Readiness standards for reading and writing.

The Writing Process (Plan, Draft, Revise, and Edit)

College and Career Readiness Standards are asking teachers in all disciplines and subject areas to teach a process for writing. Although what students are asked to write from class to class may be different, process can be the same. In The Writing Process section of the Skill Library, you can find resources and activities to help students plan, draft, revise, and edit their written work.

Writing Center

Lesson Plans

Classroom teachers (grades 3-12) are building lessons with our Skill-Based Lesson Planner and sharing them with our community of educators. Together, we are building a library of Common Core aligned lesson plans that teachers can use to improve students’ ability to read, speak, and write about texts.

If you find a lesson you like, simply click on the lesson and add it to your lessons. Once you have copied the lesson to “My Lesson Plans,” you can make copies and make changes to fit your students’ diverse learning needs.

Lesson Plans

Want to learn more about our planning tools and amazing classroom resources? Sign up for a free orientation today!

Are you ready to be inspired this summer at our LiteracyTA University? Come learn with us in sunny San Diego. This summer, we are going back to San Diego State University. Make arrangements and sign up soon. The event is around the corner. 


Share with Colleagues and Friends

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

LTA Toolkit Free
You have clicked on premium content only available through LTA Toolkit.