Tools for Conquering the Common Core: Classroom-Ready Techniques for Targeting the ELA/Literacy Standards


By Harvey F. Silver, Abigail L. Boutz

Published by Silver Strong & Associates

A simple and powerful way to target the development of students’ literacy skills


Tools for Conquering the Common Core is the ideal resource for meeting the challenge of more rigorous standards and tests. It provides 35 classroom-ready techniques for targeting the reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language skills that are at the heart of today’s ELA/literacy standards. With easy-to-follow steps, ready-to-go reproducibles, and classroom examples, this book empowers teachers to develop essential literacy skills without sacrificing their regular content and curriculum.

Not just for teachers using the Common Core Standards, Tools for Conquering the Common Core will help any teacher build the critical literacy skills embedded in all college and career readiness standards.

Every tool is structured around four key questions:

  • What is it? A brief description of the tool and its purpose.
  • What are the benefits of using this tool? A one-paragraph explanation of the literacy skill or instructional challenge the tool addresses.
  • What are the basic steps? A step-by-step description of how to implement the tool—never more than seven steps.
  • How is this tool used in the classroom? A snapshot of the tool at work, with examples drawn from real classrooms.

Tools for Conquering the Common Core enriches the learning experience for all my students, from my most skilled to my most challenged. My copy is full of Post-its and highlights, and it’s always close at hand. I don’t leave home without it!

Mary Jo Ferguson

2008 Teacher of the Year, Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA), Lorain City Schools, Lorain, OH

This user-friendly book offers practical, motivating, learning-focused approaches that are grounded in research on exemplary practices. A ‘must have’ addition to every teacher’s library and a terrific resource for professional development!

Pam Robbins

Leadership & Learning Consultant and Author, Staunton, VA and Napa, CA

Unlike so many things in life, this book delivers on its promise. It provides our teachers with an easy-to-understand set of tools to raise student achievement and fast track improvements that produce significant and measurable results.

Casey Vier

Academic Dean, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

Additional information

Weight 1.05 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in


First Publication Date

March 2015


Silver Strong & Associates





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