Cross Curricular Resources on the Web


PowerPoint describing types of Questions, Graphic Organizers, and Summarizing with links to web sites for specific strategies and teaching methods.



The STEPS HANDBOOK is designed to offer support to teachers,  parents and students in developing better reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking  skills necessary for success in Social Studies, as well as all content areas. 


  • Strategies for Note taking
  • Strategies for Reading Text
  • Strategies for Graphic Organization of Ideas
  • Strategies for Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Strategies for Communication
  • Strategies for Writing
  • RUBRIC ROOM - Quick and Effective Sample Rubrics for Alternate Assessments in Social Studies (and other content areas)

STUDY SMART! Ready-to-Use Reading/Study Skills Activities for Grades 5–12

This reproducible activities resource helps students develop skills in four categories: reading, studying, locating information, and constructing graphic aids. Using a variety of engaging exercises, students can apply these skills to any course as they learn how to organize ideas, develop vocabulary, take notes, prepare for tests, use resource books and libraries, and enhance written communication though graphs, maps, and diagrams. More than 150 activities include illustrating scenes from literature, sequencing stories, following recipes, highlighting, and using an index and almanac. Grades 5–12. Illustrated. 8½" x 11". Simon and Schuster. ©1990.

This Teacher Resource Manual was part of the Original Reading To Learn 6th Grade Materials and could be borrowed from 6th grade teachers.

Reading Systems

Study Systems

Lexile Information

Why Use Graphic Organizers?

Q&A: What’s the Big Deal with Graphic Organizers?
by Edwin Ellis

         *  The Makes Sense Strategies Model

         Rational for the Makes Sense Strategies Model
                     The Problem with Watering-down the Curriculum

       *  Samples from Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing

       *  Free Downloads by Type/Category

Graphic Organizers from Houghton Mifflin "Education Place"

You may download, print, and make copies of these pages for use in your classroom, provided that you include the copyright notice shown below on all such copies.

Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Education Oasis Graphic Organizers
This site contains 58 ready to download and print graphic organizers. Specifically, the graphic organizers are categorized by cause and effect, character and story, sequence, cycle, timeline, and change of events, vocabulary development and concept organizers, and finally miscellaneous. These definitely will aide reading comprehension and note taking in a variety of subject areas over a various number of grades.

Reading Graphic Organizers      (A "Books on the Run" from Teachervision)

Design Your Own Bookmark  (Blank Worksheet For Student Use)

A Survival Guide for Teaching Students How to Write Research Papers was written  by former Teachers Network web mentor, Lisa Kihn, a math and language arts teacher at Nevin Platt Middle School in Boulder, Colorado.

Adapting Materials and Strategies for Special Needs Students

by Kathleen L. Bulloch, MA, CCC
Speech/Language Pathologist

Teachers are often directed to modify instruction to accommodate special needs students. The following article takes the mystery out of adapting materials and strategies for curriculum areas: receptive language, expressive language, reading, writing, and spelling. All students will benefit from the following "good teaching practices."

Books We Love
A database developed by the Language and Literacy Team of NWREL and funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
Users can
find books either by keyword search or by using the browse feature. The cross-reference category of the browse feature allows browsing to be done through sub-sections of different annotated bibliographies.
Books have been categorized in different ways: Many Paths to Literacy Chapter Headings, Children's Book Authors, Subject and Collection.
Another feature calls up resources by:
      *  audience
      *  a specific grade level
      *  teacher resource
The third allows browsers to choose a culture group from a long list.

Language and Literacy Team
one of five funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement and charged with helping three schools in each of the five northwest states become high performing learning communities. The role of language development in preparing the learner for literacy is well known. Oral language provides the cornerstone of written language; speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all aspects of literacy and develop in an interdependent manner. We are developing resources that focus on building a strong foundation for these crucial competencies—a foundation that will not only provide literacy skills, but also develop the habits of mind that lead to lifelong reading and writing.

Note taking Strategies with Student Worksheets

Incredible Shrinking Notes
A fun 3-step process helps students "boil down" note taking.

Classification Notes
Three graphic organizers for categorizing ideas and information into six, four, or three categories

Compare and Contrast Notes
An alternative to the traditional Venn Diagram that includes a space for summarizing the compared and contrasted ideas

Inference Notes
A circular graphic organizer for organizing literal information in the inside wedges of the circle and inferences in the outer wedges of the circle

Interactive Notes
A model of the interactive note strategy, including the before, during, and after thinking that students should do while reading a text; also includes a blank interactive note-taking page

Main Idea Notes
A graphic organizer for identifying the main idea of a passage, the most important details, and reasons/evidence to support the reader's claim about the main idea

Process Notes
An active reading, listening, or observing graphic organizer that involves note taking, visually representing ideas, and summarizing ideas in writing

Pyramid Notes
A graphic organizer for representing the hierarchy of a subject, main idea, supporting details, developing details, and summary or synthesis

Reciprocal Notes
A note-taking page that prompts students to think about a text or topic first at the surface level, then at a deeper level; students are also prompted to use evidence to support their interpretations

A four-column chart that helps students identify what they already know for sure about a topic, what they think they know about the topic but are unsure, what they would like to learn about the topic, and the connections they can make between the topic and other things they already know

                  KWL Generator

KWL Goal Setting Worksheet  -  What I Know/What I Want to Know

KWL Basic Worksheet     (Blank for Student Use)   

KWL Worksheet Horizontal Version      (Blank for Student Use) 

KWL Revised Graphic Organizer      (Blank for Student Use)

Compare and Contrast Diagrams
A series of graphic organizers for examining the similarities and differences between and among different ideas or concepts, including (but also moving beyond) the traditional Venn diagram

                  Venn Diagram Generator

Cause and Effect Diagrams
A series of graphic organizers that use different formats for tracing causes and effects

Fact and Opinion
A graphic organizer for identifying facts and opinions in text, including space for students to explain how they know the details from the text are facts or opinions

               Concept Web Generator - Try to reinforce the who, what, when, where and how of a concept. This can help.

               Time Line Generator -  can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice either horizontal or vertical. 

Possible Room Posters for Content Area Literacy

Be a Smart Reader! 

Understanding Text Structure

21st Century Literacies - (Information, Multicultural, Media, Visual)
Forms of Representation and Written Formats

21st Century Literacies refer to the skills needed to flourish in today's society and in the future. Today discrete disciplines have emerged around information, media, multicultural, and visual literacies. It is the combination of literacies that can better help K-12 students and adult learners address and solve the issues that confront them.


Glossary of terms for 21st Century Literacy        

Additional Resources Links - Top Picks for each Literacy

"PBS Teachers"  comprehensive new web site for K-12 educators

the front door for all educational resources and services that PBS offers
         thousands of free lesson plans, classroom activities, and interactive resources, organized by subject, grade level, and curriculum topic
         on-demand streaming video from selected PBS programs

Teacher's Domain

Teachers' Domain is an online educational service with two related components — Collections and Courses — that help teachers enhance their students' learning experiences and advance their own teaching skills.  All content is free after registering

Collections feature:

  • High-quality multimedia from NOVA, American Experience, and other public television productions and partners;

  • Video and audio clips, interactives, images, and documents;

  • Explanatory background articles for each resource;

  • Correlations to state and national curriculum standards;

  • Media-rich lesson plans;

  • Resource Management tools.

Courses feature:

  • Many of the same high-quality multimedia resources from NOVA, American Experience, and other public television productions and partners;

  • Classroom video clips of exemplary practice;

  • Inquiry based methodology;

  • Smart integration of technology in the classroom;

  • All content correlated to state and national standards.

CRCSD Language Arts "Wiki"

CRCSD CAL Table of Contents