Tennessee Curriculum Center

Common Core English/Language Arts

Common Core Strand Learning Pathways

Select a strand or grade level below to begin exploring our collection of standards-based resources.


The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.

The Standards set requirements not only for English Language Arts but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. Literacy standards for grade 6 and above are predicated on teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science, and technical subjects using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields. It is important to note that the 6–12 literacy standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are not meant to replace content standards in those areas but rather to supplement them. States may incorporate these standards into their standards for those subjects or adopt them as content area literacy standards.

Select a grade level from the menu above to browse the standards. In each grade level:

  • Strands are larger groups of related standards. Standards from different strands may sometimes be closely related.
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR) provide the subcategories for each strand that are identical across all grades. Each CCR anchor standard has an accompanying grade-specific standard translating the broader CCR statement into grade-appropriate end-of-year expectations.
  • Standards define what students should understand and be able to do in English/Language Arts.

Tennessee Common Core English/Language Arts Resources

TNCore This website is the primary hub for information about Tennessee’s Common Core implementation program and serves as a portal to resources from educators across the state and country.
Read Tennessee
Read TennesseeReadTennessee.org is a joint project designed to allow teachers, families and community members to work together for the benefit of young children throughout the state. Teachers can start here to find information, videos, lesson plans and units, explore a variety of websites with information critical to teachers, as well as lessons that can be applied to classrooms. The growing resource library at ReadTennessee.org is aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards. In these pages, each Grade K-3 Common Core ELA Standard provides a link to Read Tennessee's collection of aligned resources.