Text Dependent Analysis (TDA)

Example TDA Prompts

TDA Prompt Guidelines

TDA Fall 2016 Workshops (PowerPoint)

Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA) Rubric (PDF)

TDA Writer’s Checklist (English)

TDA Writer’s Checklist (Spanish)

Grade and Passage NameStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 3 – Elephant TalkStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 3 – Safe SlumberStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 4 – One Lucky FishStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 4 – Living Off the EarthStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 5 – Margaret KnightStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 6 – Monarch MigrationStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 6 – A Highway of Water Student SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 7 – Labels for LifeStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 8 – There’s Still Gold in Those Hills & Letter from a Gold MinerStudent SamplesScoring Guide
Grade 8 – Atoms of SoundStudent SamplesScoring Guide 
Grade 11 – EclipseNot AvailableScoring Guide
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Student-Friendly Standards

This is a set of the 2014 Student-Friendly ELA Standards: 

Kindergarten Student-Friendly Standards Grade 1 Student-Friendly Standards 
Grade 2 Student-Friendly StandardsGrade 3 Student-Friendly Standards
Grade 4 Student-Friendly StandardsGrade 5 Student-Friendly Standards
Grade 6 Student-Friendly StandardsGrade 7 Student-Friendly Standards
Grade 8 Student-Friendly StandardsGrade 10 Student-Friendly Standards
Grade 12 Student-Friendly StandardsComplete Set of Student-Friendly Standards


Parent Brochure Explaining Student-Friendly Standards  This is a downloadable PDF.






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Poetry Out Loud National Contest

Sign up now for Poetry Out Loud, a national contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. You’ll find complete information, registration forms and a great new Youtube video (2 min.) on the Nebraska Arts Council website. All Nebraska high schools (grades 9-12) are invited to participate free of charge; registrations are due by November 1. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Poetry Out Loud satisfies more than half of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards. The Teachers’ Guide includes all elements the teacher needs to implement the program, from tools to help students memorize and perform great poems, to optional lesson plans to give students the opportunity to discuss poems and to write poetry of their own.  The schedule and curriculum for Poetry Out Loud have been designed to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule without much disruption. The program takes place in the classroom over about two to three weeks, according to each teacher’s interest and schedule, and will not require full class periods during that time. Also, the Nebraska Arts Council can arrange for an actor or poet who specializes in poetry recitation to lead workshops in your school free of charge.


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2017 Events

March 17, 2017NEST “Why I Want to Go to College” Writing Contest – 7 & 8 gradersContest Rules
March 31, 2017Call for Submissions Poetry of Place Open to grades 1-5, 6-8, 9-12http://www.unl.edu/newp/poetry-of-place-2017
May 5, 2017Poetry Reading Nebraska State Capitol
Lincoln Summer Institute Nebraska Writing Project Summer Institutes contact rbrooke1@unl.edu
Youth Writing Festivals 2017Nebraska Writing Projectcontact alarabee2@unl.edu

June 12-30, 2017 and Academic Year 2017-18

Nebraska Writing Project Call for Applicationscontact rbrooke1@unl.edu
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Early Childhood Calendar

Permission is granted for you to print either the English or Spanish version of these calendars. It is suggested that you print from the PDF version posted here. These documents were created in Adobe InDesign. Please click on this link for access to calendar files if you wish to print them. Thank you.

English Calendar:





Spanish Calendar:

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National Council of Teachers of EnglishA leading partner in giving educators a voice as the educational landscape changes and the needs of teachers from preK through college evolve.

Nebraska State Reading Association: The mission of the NSRA is to lead in the promotion of literacy in the state of Nebraska through collaboration, advocacy, and professional development.

Nebraska Arts Council: Stop here for information about the arts in Nebraska and grants that are available.

Get Ready to ReadA website designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.

Read Aloud Nebraska: This organization promotes healthy, successful children and families through reading aloud.

Nebraska Story Arts:  They conduct events and outreach programs for schools, libraries and community agencies. 

Nebraska Library Commission: A Nebraska site with many links to regional and statewide library resources.

Nebraska Humanities Council: This organization offers a variety of services from programs, grants, and speakers and ways to donate to support the council.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment: The mission of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment is to cultivate a legacy of stability, advocacy, and leadership for the arts and humanities in Nebraska.

Lincoln Children’s Museum: Lincoln Children’s Museum invites children to create, discover, and learn through the power of play. 

Poetry Out Loud: This is a national poetry recitation competition and educational program that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Louder Than A Bomb: Great Plains:  Hundreds of students from 40+ Nebraska and Iowa high schools spend hundreds of hours to create performance poetry

Nebraska Writers Collective:  A non-profit organization that fosters personal empowerment and community-building in the Midwest through creative writing and performance poetry.

Institute for Holocaust Education: Provides quality Holocaust education programming across Nebraska and beyond. They offer resources and training for educators, as well as events for students and the general public.





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NE Language Arts CouncilInternational Reading Association
NE Center for Writers National Center for the Book
NE Humanities CouncilNational Center for Family Literacy
• NE Center for the BookNational Writing Project
NE Library Commission

Nat’l Council of Teachers of English

NE State Reading AssociationNational Research Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA)
NE StoryArts

National Education Association

NE Writing Project

• Center for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)

Read Aloud Nebraska 


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Making It Stick Webinar Series

Webinar Flyer:

Making It Stick (webinar PDF)

Webinar Release Topics:

Foundational Trilogy:

Understand the research, implications, and ideas behind the incorporation of ELA standards into non-ELA content areas. The foundational trilogy will explore the use of the core instructional model, the use of formative assessments, and how to monitor and adjust instruction, based upon student needs.

All webinars may be accessed on the release date listed using the web address below:


For more information, contact:

Cory Epler, Ph.D.

Marissa Payzant, Ed.D.

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Nebraska Literacy Plan

The Nebraska Literacy Plan is a tool to guide instruction for students in preschool through high school programs. The Plan is meant to assist districts in developing policies, procedures, and practices that have been proven to make a difference for students who are struggling or are educationally disadvantaged. It is also designed to help identify, support, and move forward those children for whom there is an achievement gap—the very striving readers for whom the grant is named—through quality literacy instruction in the classroom, effective interventions, and a family, community, and school partnership that supports each student in their endeavors. The Nebraska Literacy Plan provides support for districts regarding a balanced system of assessments to inform instruction. The Plan is intended to be a yardstick for educators and administrators to measure the effectiveness of their instruction and interventions, and to plan for future instruction. The Nebraska Literacy Plan is not a state curriculum map, nor does it dictate a specific curriculum. Rather, it has been designed to provide continued support for local control, and to allow district and building leaders to tailor it to suit the needs of their individual districts and schools.

Nebraska Literacy Plan

NE Lit cover link

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