Welcome, Maryland Reading/ELA Teachers
This section of the site was developed to support your efforts in teaching Maryland students Reading/ELA. The current Reading/ELA Toolkit contains nearly 1,000 resources to support you in the classroom when implementing the existing State Curriculum. You may want to bookmark this page as your mdk12.org homepage.
Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Frameworks
In June, 2010, the Maryland State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Since that time, educators from around the state have met to determine the best way for Maryland teachers to transition from the existing State Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. The draft frameworks that follow are the result of this work. It is important to view these frameworks in color. The Common Core State Standards appear in black and the Essential Skills and Knowledge added by Maryland educators appear in red. These draft frameworks will be introduced to teachers and administrators at the Educator Effectiveness Academies this summer. An online toolkit to support these frameworks will be developed by Maryland educators over the next few years. Together the toolkit and frameworks will become the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum. The Common Core State Standards document is organized into four strands. The reading strand is broken into Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text. In addition, Reading Foundational Skills are written for Pre-K through Grade 5. Pre-K standards for each of the strands have been developed by Maryland educators.
ToolkitsState Curriculum • Core Learning Goals
Do you need help understanding and teaching the Maryland content standards? The Reading/ELA Toolkits were developed to help you plan instruction, find aligned assessments and differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of your students.
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Ask the Reading/ELA TeamView Bios
Email your questions or comments to the MSDE Reading/ELA Team using the space below. Please provide your email address so we can respond:
“In English Language Arts, the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment is needed if our students are going to experience success. The essential English Language Arts that should be taught in every classroom throughout Maryland can be found in the State Curriculum. Teaching the curriculum in a way that helps students make sense of what they are learning helps them to view English as a useful subject as opposed to a set of rules to memorize. Finally, formative and summative assessments should reflect the instruction while spanning the various levels of cognitive demand in reading.”