FREE Instructional Materials

English Language Arts

Creative Commons Units

Download the Teacher Manual for free. Student readers with the unit texts may be purchased directly through IFL.

  • Grade 4 — Analysis of Historical Fiction: Paper Son [Download]
  • If you purchased the Paper Son student reader, please download this Errata Sheet. It will help clarify Text Discussion Lesson Plans for Tasks 2-5.[Download]

  • Grades 9-10 — Character, Theme, and Structure in To Kill a Mockingbird [Download]

Model Units Developed for the Common Core State Standards Project

Commissioned by David Coleman and Student Achievement Partners, these units were developed in 2010 to provide a model of CCSS-aligned instruction. Each unit provides teachers with multiple ways to engage students in each task.

  • Grade 9 — Academic Language: Contrasting Ideas [Download]
  • Grade 9 — Academic Language: Conditional Relationships [Download]
  • Grades 9-10 — Speeches: Argument & Methods [Download]

CCSS-Aligned ELA Task Sets

We developed the English language arts task sets below as part of our work with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in 2011-2012. Tasks sets are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and are designed to prepare students for the type of performance-based assessments that will appear on many of the new state assessments. These task sets are great for any teacher who is working with students on reading and writing about complex texts.


Creative Commons Unit

  • Grades 6-8 — Analyzing the Age of Enlightenment: The Rights of the Individual, Equality, and the Purpose of Law [Download]


Creative Commons Sets of Related Lessons

  • Grade 5 — Decimal Operations: Multiplication and Division [Download]
  • Grade 8 — Solving Linear Equations in One Variable [Download]
  • Geometry — Investigating Congruence in Terms of Rigid Motion [Download]


Creative Commons Unit

  • High School Biology — Matter and Energy in Organisms [Download]