English Language Arts Highlights

NCDPI English Language Arts Resources

For detailed information about the Common Core State Standards, please visit

ELA Wiki


ELA Self-Study LiveBinder


Common Core State Standards Initiative


Online Writing Instruction (OWI)


Three Key Instructional Shifts in ELA/Literacy

  1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts.
  2. Reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text.
  3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary.

Read more about the Three Shifts in the ELA Live Binder:
See the SHIFTS Tab

Listen to David Coleman, contributing author to the Common Core explain the shifts:

Not Sure What a Standard Means?

Unpacking Documents
The Unpacking Instructional Tools were developed at the North Carolina Department of Instruction to explain the intent of each standard and to clarify what a student should be know and be able to do at each grade level. The English Language Arts Unpacking Tools are organized by grade level. They may be viewed on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website, or the NCDPI English Language Arts Wiki.

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