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Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work™, Grades 3–5

This collection of clever cartoons shows the humorous side of working in a professional learning community. The book also features a foreword and introductory text for each chapter by Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour, who remind readers to keep a sense of humor along the journey to becoming a PLC.


  • Take a lighthearted look at the inner workings of PLCs.
  • Energize your team meetings with humor.

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Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work, Grades 3–5

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Chapter 1: Learning for All
Chapter 2: Collaboration
Chapter 3: Collective Inquiry
Chapter 4: SMART Goals
Chapter 5: Action Orientation
Chapter 6: Intervention
Chapter 7: Continuous Improvement
Chapter 8: Results
Chapter 9: Celebration


Download 24 sample cartoons for use in the classroom, meetings, and presentations. They are not authorized for commercial reproduction.

Explore strategies for integrating the Common Core State Standards for English language arts for grades 3–5 in this interdisciplinary resource, which focuses on areas of instruction, curriculum, assessment, and intervention. You’ll also learn how to implement the CCSS within the powerful PLC at Work process. Critical chapter-opening questions guide discussion and help you leverage the CCSS to optimize student learning.

A Joint Publication With the International Reading Association


  • Master the CCSS for English language arts, and develop common understandings to strengthen instructional practice.
  • Learn the five fundamental shifts in literacy instruction necessary to enhance students' language development.
  • Plan successful collaborative team meetings with a variety of reproducibles to examine the standards.
  • Gain tools to reflect on and assess students' knowledge and understanding of writing, reading, speaking and listening, and using language.
  • Obtain sample student activities and peer response forms for individual and group work.
  • Discover how to use the CCSS to support English learners and students with special needs.
  • Develop high-quality formative and summative assessment strategies, including tasks for speaking and listening, questioning, writing, designing projects and presentations, and giving feedback.
  • Move learners through important writing stages—novice (emergent) to mature (self-extending).


Chapter 1: Using Collaborative Teams for English Language Arts
Chapter 2: Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Reading
Chapter 3: Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Writing
Chapter 4: Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening and for Language
Chapter 5: Implementing Formative Assessments to Guide Instruction and Intervention


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5