This PowerPoint is enough for one all day training or multiple training sessions with middle school English Language Arts teachers regarding Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments. In this training, teachers closely examine the standards, do some of the sample questions listed in the common core appendix, and collaboratively create a draft of a common core lesson to share with other teachers. This training creates a sense of urgency in implementation if you have teachers who are still struggling to implement the Common Core. It also demonstrates the need for planning across subject areas to ensure that students are truly prepared for the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
I would recommend that teachers have copies of the Common Core State Standards and the Appendices, A copy of "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros is also referenced and is an option for teachers to complete as a sample item. Also helpful would be a protractor to complete one of the questions, but not necessary.