The Read Think Apply Standards maps are especially useful to schools using Action Learning Systems to measure student progress in the California State Standards. They are aligned to the pacing guide set forth by ALS. They provide:
-Scope and sequence that is aligned to Action Learning Assessments, while allowing flexibility to plan thematic units. Therefore, if you are following these maps for standards instruction you will be in alignment with the ALS blueprints ensuring that you assess what you instruct in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing.
-Links between the California State Standards and Common Core standards to support the transition and understanding of Common Core relevance.
-Scope and sequence for rolling out small group instruction and reading strategy instruction at the bottom of each page which represents a week.
-An incorporation of Open Court text for teachers using Open Court as a resource for standards instruction as opposed to the main component of literacy instruction. Other texts are suggested on the map in a way that coincides with strategically teaching the standard of the week.
-An overview of the how the standards maps work and how they are designed to support standards-based instruction, differentiated learning and the use of interim assessments.
Note: Teachers using Open Court as a resource, but wish to use alternative texts that connect directly to the specific standards. The standards maps act as a guide for planning instruction in a way that aligns to assessment, yet, allow the flexibility to plan thematic, integrated units. Teachers report getting the most out of the Read Think Apply standards maps when used across grade level teams to support collaboration.