Common Core Resources

In 2010, Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathmatics.  These standards are designed to ensure that every student leaves school with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college and the workplace.  For more information about the standards themselves and how they were adopted, visit the Wisconsin Department of Instruction's website

The library has always been a source of quality materials & information for teachers and educators, and we will continue to provide these materials to assist educators when implementing these standards in the classroom.  This page will have links to resources, booklists, and websites around the internet geared toward the CCSS.  Educators are always welcome to visit us in person as well for assistance and suggestions when looking for materials to use in the classroom.


Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Common Core Bibliographies

Scholastic Common Core Book Lists by grade and theme

Booklist CCSS Printable Resources; Common Core Connections & Unpacking a Standard are regular Booklist features that connect outstanding literature to classroom activities.

Barnes & Noble CCSS Reading Lists by grade


Menasha Public Library Booklists:

Nonfiction & Informational Texts for K-5

Question & Answer Books

Realistic & Contemporary Fiction for K-5



Teaching the Core: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core State Standards

Great Common Core Nonfiction

The Uncommon Corps: Champions of Nonfiction Literature for Children and Young Adults



Core Curriculum Lesson Plans from Penguin Young Readers: includes lesson plans for teaching titles such as the Cam Jansen series, Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Poems by Marilyn Singer, A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, and Savvy by Ingrid Law.

Grow with Mo Teaching Guide with Common Core Aligned Activities for titles written by Mo Willems.

* Database that provides suggestions for Common Core instructional shifts for K - 12th grade as well as lesson plans, booklists, and even crowd-sourced text complexity measurements for individual titles. 

*Novelist K-8: Book database that provides title suggestions by age, topic, and more as well as curriculum tie-ins and suggestions.

*access to this resource is provided through Badgerlink; to use this resource outside the library building, visit this link, scroll down to the name of the resource and log in with your library card.

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