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Achieve the Core is home to hundreds of free, open-source resources to help educators improve instruction and increase student achievement. Teachers and school leadership: you can use and adapt these materials for the classroom or for professional development to align yourselves to your state's college and career readiness standards. Visit AchievetheCore.org to find all our materials, including sample lessons in ELA and literacy and math , Common Core-aligned questions for popular basal readers, sample classroom assessments in ELA and literacy and math, and exemplars of aligned student writing. You’ll also find tools designed specifically to assist teachers in implementing Common Core and other rigorous academic standards like professional development modules, interactive Lesson Planning and Coaching Tools, and a digital math Coherence Map that makes connections within and across grade levels.

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The Stories that Julian Tells
Common Core
A close reading activity based on the story, “The Stories that Julian Tells” and includes instructions for implementation, text dependent questions,...
Home Grown Butterflies
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
A close reading activity based on the story, “Home Grown Butterflies” and includes instructions for implementation, text dependent questions,...
Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
With a focus on comprehension and deep questioning, this exemplar asks students to use textual evidence to analyze the title and themes of an excerpt...
A Very Important Day
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
A close reading activity based on the story, “A Very Important Day” and includes instructions for implementation, text dependent questions,...
Mighty Jackie The Strike Out Queen
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
A close reading activity based on the story, “Mighty Jackie The Strike Out Queen” and includes instructions for implementation, text dependent...
Mrs. Frisby and the Crow
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
A close reading activity based on the story, “Mrs. Frisby and the Crow” and includes instructions for implementation, text dependent questions,...
The Wind
Achieve the Core 
Updated: 
2016
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
The goal of this exemplar is to teach young students to read closely and critically in order to comprehend complex literary text. In this lesson...
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text
  • Middle School
In this nonfiction text about the Chicago Fire of 1871, students explore the historical truths related to poverty, city construction & city...
The Fisherman and His Wife (Brothers Grimm)
  • Reading Standards for Fiction
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
“The Fisherman and His Wife” addresses several learning styles and asks students to make text-to-text connections to uncover and analyze the moral...
“The Gettysburg Address” - A Close Reading
This exemplar on the Gettysburg Address provides students with the chance to examine word usage and author's intent at in-depth levels within a...