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To provide awareness level training to educators regarding the implementation of the College & Career Ready Standards for Alabama students. Beginning with the overall view of the purpose of the standards, how they were derived, and where our State is headed in the plan to implement ELA and Content Area standards in the 2013-2014 school year. The role for librarians in CCRS implementation.


In this session we will:

1) Discuss the concept of text complexity brief explanation of the model, including some of the tools that can be used to help determine text complexity with regard to quantitative measures. (pdf)

2) Provide a video that more capably explains text complexity, including reading and task. (~19 min)

3) Provide graphics relating Lexile bands and a comparison chart of several analyzer tools.

4) Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants (Google Form)


1. Open the pdf lesson file and read the information and view the files that accompany the lesson.

2. View the video (optional, but highly recommended)

3. Complete the Google Form for follow-up and evaluation.

4. If you register in STI PD you can earn a one hour credit for this training.

Files and Links:


(NOTE: Clicking your browser's back button after reading the pdf file will return you to this page.)

Video: Simplifying Text Complexity by Sarah Brown Wessling (~19 min.)

Graphic Files (You can save and download)
text complet chart.jpglexile band stretch ccrs.png

Lexile Level updated Comparisons.png

Lesson 4 Follow-Up and Evaluation (Must be completed. Click on link.)
Optional Resource--First Friday Session on Text Complexity: ALMO website. (Link)

Future lessons will provide educators with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the , tools that will assist teachers with the standards, and more in-depth coverage of the "Significant Shifts". A tentative plan for future awareness lessons are listed below:

CCRS Awareness Lesson 5
Content Literacy: The Anchor Standards (pdf)
Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards (Video, ~14 min)
Anchor Standards-Reading (pdf)
Anchor Standards-Writing (pdf)
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants

CCRS Awareness Lesson 6
CCRS and Assessment (pdf)
Improving the Teaching Practice (Video, ~4 min)
Strategic Teaching-Daily Assessments
Tracking Students-Assessments (ACT, Global Scholar, Benchmarks, End of Term)
Response to Intervention Program
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants

CCRS Awareness Lesson 7 (Final Lesson)

CCRS Rewind: Reviewing the "Big Picture" & Implementng Key Shifts

  • Focus on Increased Rigor
  • Focus on Informational Text & Textual Evidence
  • Focus on Student Engagement
  • Focus on Assessment