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Curriculum Frameworks

Guidelines for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education that are developed by the Instructional Quality Commission.

English Language Arts

2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

Assembly Bill 250 (Chapter 608, Statutes of 2011) calls for the revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework to align with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and incorporate the California English Language Development Standards

Framework

Content Standards

  • California English Language Development Standards (PDF)
    The California English Language Development Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2012.

  • Brochures for Parents/Guardians in English and Spanish
    These brochures on the ELA/literacy standards provide parent/guardians insights into what their children are learning as they progress through the grade levels. The brochures also offer suggestions for parents/guardians to support their students’ learning and a list of additional resources.

  • ELD Standards Brochure for Parents/Guardians in English and Spanish
    The brochure on the CA ELD Standards describes the progression of learning as English learners become fluent in English and focuses on essential English language skills for students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The brochure also offers suggestions for parents/guardians to support their students’ learning and a list of additional resources.

  • Common Core State Standards Initiative External link opens in new window or tab.
    The multi-state initiative released the CCSS on June 2, 2010. The initiative site includes information about the development and research behind the standards, appendices, the states that have adopted the CCSS, and frequently asked questions.
    • Appendix A External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
      Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards and Glossary of Terms

    • Appendix B External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
      Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

    • Appendix C External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
      Samples of Student Writing

  • Model School Library Standards
    Information about and resources to support the Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools adopted by State Board of Education in September 2010.

Implementation Support

Circles of Implementation

  • The Circles of Implementation figure and corresponding narrative description (which appears in the SBE-Adopted ELA/ELD Framework, Chapter 2, on Page 4) have been translated into Spanish to support the implementation of the ELA/ELD Framework. The English version is provided for reference.
    Circles of Implementation (PDF; Posted Jan-2016)
    Los Círculos de la Implementación (PDF; Updated Mar-2016)

Guides for Supporting English Learners and the Five Key Themes in the ELA/ELD Framework

  • A Guide to Resources with an English Learner Emphasis (DOC; Revised Apr-2016)
    This guide is intended to support California educators in the use of the components within the ELA/ELD Framework that focus on meeting the needs of English learners.

  • A Guide for Tracing the Meaning Making Theme (DOC; Revised Mar-2016)
    This guide is intended to support California educators in the use of the components within the ELA/ELD Framework that focus on meaning making, which is at the heart of ELA/literacy and ELD instruction.

  • A Guide for Tracing the Language Development Theme (DOC; Posted 29-Mar-2016)
    This guide is intended to support California educators in the use of the components within the ELA/ELD Framework that focus on language development, which is at the core of the California ELA/Literacy strands—Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.

  • A Guide for Tracing the Effective Expression Theme (DOC; Posted 29-Mar-2016)
    This guide is intended to support California educators in the use of the components within the ELA/ELD Framework that focus on effective expression, which is essential for students to effectively communicate their understanding and thinking.

  • A Guide for Tracing the Content Knowledge Theme (DOC; Posted 29-Mar-2016)
    This guide is intended to support California educators in the use of the components within the ELA/ELD Framework that focus on content knowledge, which is vital for students to successfully acquire, construct, and convey knowledge.

  • A Guide for Tracing the Foundational Skills Theme (DOC; Posted 29-Mar-2016)
    This guide is intended to support California educators in the use of the components within the ELA/ELD Framework that focus on the foundational skills of literacy—print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency—which are crucial for literacy achievement.

  • Resources Supporting Implementation of the ELA/ELD Framework
    Additional resources supporting the implementation of the ELA/ELD Framework

    • Chart of ELA/ELD Framework Snapshots and Vignettes | PDF (Posted Jul-2015)
      Brief snapshots and longer vignettes are included throughout the ELA/ELD Framework to provide examples of instruction. This chart lists all the snapshots and vignettes, by chapter, and includes the grade level, page number(s), and indicates the different content areas each snapshot and vignette addresses. (Note: In the items column, “S” stands for a snapshot, and “V” represents vignettes.)

    • ELA/ELD Framework Snapshots (PDF; 2MB; Posted Jul-2015)
      The snapshots in chapters 3–7 provide examples of instructional strategies for transitional kindergarten through grades eleven and twelve in ELA, ELD, and other content areas. In chapters 8–11, the snapshots are examples of possible scenarios for multiple grade levels in other systems of support, such as assessment, access and equity, or 21st century learning. All snapshots for the ELA/ELD framework, chapters 3–11, are compiled into this document.

    • ELA/ELD Framework Vignettes: Chapters 3–7 (PDF; 2MB; Posted Jul-2015)
      Two vignettes are provided for each grade level (for TK to grade 8) and grade span (grades 9–10 and 11–12). These vignettes offer more in-depth examples of classroom practices, including connections to other disciplines and scaffolding for modifications for all students, including instruction for integrated and designated ELD. All vignettes, by chapter and grade-level, for chapters 3–7 are compiled into this document.

    • ELA/ELD Framework Vignettes Summary Sheet
      List developed by the San Joaquin County Office of Education of all the vignettes and their title/content by grade level. Each grade-level section has a pair of vignettes: an ELA/Literacy with integrated ELD vignette and a companion designed ELD vignette.

  • Chart of ELA/ELD Framework Figures (PDF; Jul-2015)
    A variety of figures (including charts, definitions, descriptions, explanations) are included throughout the ELA/ELD Framework to provide more detailed support for implementation and instruction. This chart lists all the figures, by chapter, with figure titles and page number (s).

    • ELA/ELD Figures: Introduction – Chapter 2 (PDF; 8MB; Posted Jul-2015)
      All figures (includes charts, diagrams, definitions, descriptions, explanations) for the introduction and chapters 1 and 2 are compiled into this document

    • ELA/ELD Figures: Chapter 3–7 (PDF; 5MB; Posted Jul-2015)
      All figures (includes charts, diagrams, definitions, descriptions, explanations) for the grade-level chapters 3–7 are compiled, by chapter, into this document.

    • ELA/ELD Figures: Chapters 8–11 (PDF; 11MB; Posted Jul-2015)
      All figures (includes charts, diagrams, definitions, descriptions, explanations) for systems of support, such as assessment, access and equity, and 21st century learning are compiled, by chapter, into this document.

  • Support for Primary Language and Dual Language Programs – A Summary (PDF)
    Los Angeles County Office of Education has developed a summary in the use of primary language support and instruction including bilingual and dual language programs found in the ELA/ELD Framework. The purpose of the summary is to support useful professional learning discussions and supporting in designing programs for ELs and references where primary language and dual immersion instruction occur within the framework.

  • Highlighting the Needs of English Leaners in the Framework Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has developed two web pages to provide easy access to resources within the ELA/ELD Framework that specifically highlight practices, programs, and structures that address the needs of English learners. Links connect to Framework Snapshots and Vignettes External link opens in new window or tab. and Framework Figures External link opens in new window or tab..

  • Foundational Skills of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (PDF; Updated Sept-2015)
    Paper highlighting selected key concepts and guidelines from the ELA/ELD Framework regarding the foundational skills of reading with a focus on the skills as they relate to literacy development in English.

  • Secondary Literacy Partnership Webinar Series: ELA/ELD Implementation: Teachers Lead the Way! External link opens in new window or tab.
    Presenters Nancy Brynelson and Jo Ann Isken, lead developers of the ELA/ELD Framework, gave an orientation to the Framework via the new Executive Summary and guided participants in activities exploring the Framework’s vignettes, figures, and snapshots. They also shared strategies for collaboration and professional learning. (Presented on October 14, 2015.)

  • Secondary Literacy Partnership Webinar Series: A Close Encounter, Through the Writers’ Eyes, of the New ELA/ELD Framework External link opens in new window or tab.
    The lead writers of the ELA/ELD Framework - Pam Spycher, Hallie Yopp Slowik, and Nancy Brynelson – share important understandings in the framework, including instructional strategies that support the goals of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and the CA ELD Standards. (Presented on September 17, 2014.)

  • California’s Recently Adopted English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework: Translating the Common Core State Standards to a Coherent and Sequenced Curriculum for All Students (PDF)
    Article by Jo Ann Isken, Chair, and Bill Honig, Vice Chair, of the California Instructional Quality Commission and Carol Jago, contributing writer to the ELA/ELD Framework and Associate Director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA.

Resources

CCSS English Language Arts Resources
Resources to support the teaching of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts (ELA).

CCSS and CA ELD Standards Resources
Resources to support the teaching of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with the California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards).

CCSS Literary Resources
Resources to support the teaching of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.

Integrating the CA ELD Standards into K-12 Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (DOC)
State Board of Education approved Correspondence Study Report that demonstrates a strong correspondence between the California ELD Standards and the California standards for mathematics and science.

Content Standards
Links to downloads of all Content Standards.

All Curriculum Frameworks
Links to downloads of all Curriculum Frameworks.

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | CFIRD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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