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We develop materials to support your classroom practice in ways that deepen
your understanding of EL Education’s approach and strategies.

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EL Education Publications

Books that join practical wisdom with a visionary framework for teaching and learning, rich with models and stories from exemplary K-12 classrooms.

  • Your Curriculum Companion

    This book provides clear, straightforward guidance to help all teachers learn, practice, and master techniques and protocols that build self-discipline, responsibility, engagement, and leadership skills in their students. View the video collection here.

  • Management in the Active Classroom

    This essential guide is one part roadmap to the curriculum, one part orientation to its instructional practices, and one part coach—to answer your questions, relieve your stress, and put you and your students on the road to success.

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning

    This book describes eight key practices that put students in the driver’s seat of their own growth. Filled with models from successful schools, it provides a coherent system to move assessment beyond measurement and ranking toward student reflection, understanding and improvement.

  • Transformational Literacy

    This book supports teachers to leverage the Common Core Literacy shifts – embracing more challenging text and evidence-based thinking and writing – to engage students in work that matters.

Videos

To view more videos of the K-5 Language Arts Curriculum in action, visit the video collection.

Curriculum Overview Documents

To support your implementation of the curriculum, we've created several supporting materials to help get you started. Be sure to review key documents such as the K-5 Required Trade Book Procurement List, which outlines the additional books required for purchased, and high level overviews like the Curriculum Plans and Curriculum Maps, which showcase the arc of the standards and topics across the grades and modules.

K-5 Language Arts Guidance Document

This is the formal introduction to EL Education Language Arts Curriculum. It explains the structure of our program and lays out the principles behind our design. It includes our approach to addressing the Common Core ELA and literacy standards, and specifics about the key features of our comprehensive literacy curriculum (3 hours/day for K-2, 2 hours/day for Grades 3-5), as well as a description of the 3-5 Life Science Modules.

K-5 Required Trade Book Procurement List

This critical document lists all trade books that schools and districts must purchase to implement the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum and includes the specific texts and quantities (e.g., one per classroom, six per classroom, one per student) required.

K-5 Recommended Texts and Other Resources List

The K-5 Recommended Texts & Other Resources list contains books and other resources that have been selected by our experts to support research or read-alouds for each module.

Curriculum Maps

The curriculum map is the single best source to understand the year’s work in the module lessons for each grade level: a detailed view of the scope and sequence of the modules showing module titles, topics, targets, and standards explicitly taught and formally assessed in each module.

Curriculum Plans

The curriculum plan provides a high-level overview of the recommended sequencing and pacing of topics, writing texts, and required texts for each grade and shows the four modules per year for each grade level. This curriculum plan aligns to the 3-5 Language Arts, Second Edition.

EL Education Classroom Protocols

A compendium of protocols (structured conversations) used in the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum Module Lessons, as well as writing rubrics (opinion, informative, narrative), speaking and listening checklists, and an explanation of conversation cues. Serves as a critical ongoing reference document alongside the K–5 module lessons.

Writing Rubrics and Checklists - Grades K-5

Grade level rubrics for each of the three types of writing laid out in the new standards: opinion/argument (W.1), informative/explanatory (W.2), and narrative. EL Education created these K-5 rubrics based on an analysis of the grade-level demands of the CCSS, rubrics used by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, and EL Education's own professional expertise (including attention to the Writing for Understanding framework). The downloads for grades 3-5 include Writing Rubrics, Informal Checklists, and the Phonics and Word Recognition Checklist.

Independent Reading Sample Plans

The Independent Reading Sample Plans serve as a resource in launching and sustaining a strong independent reading program that emphasizes accountability in grades 3-5. It includes lesson sequences that vary in length.

Supporting English Language Learners

The Supporting English Language Learners guidance document provides a high level overview of our system for supports for English language learners, including cultural and linguistic supports. Includes details on our use of the California English Language Development standards (ELD), and details about "language dives" and "conversation cues."

Implementing the K-2 Labs

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K-2 Labs: what the five labs are, how each lab supports student learning, how the Labs hour is structured, how Labs reinforce and extend work from the module lessons, what work students do during Labs, how unfold over the course of an entire module in order to build students’ independence, what a day in Labs looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Implementing the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block: the overall structure, how time is used within the hour of instruction, what students do during Whole Group instruction and during differentiated Small Group instruction and Independent work, how the design of the Skills block reflects grade level reading and language standards, what assessments look like, how the K-2 Skills Block supports and complements the work from the K-2 Language Arts Curriculum (module lessons and Labs), what a day in the Skills Block looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Implementing the Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the ALL Block: the five components, how each component reinforces the work from the module lessons, how rotations work, what a day in the ALL Block looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions.

K-2 Labs Materials Lists

This list includes all the materials needed to effectively implement the K-2 Labs.
Note that many of the items on this list (e.g., cardboard, feathers) may already be available in a school building, and also are easy to purchase at local crafts or hobby stores.

Grades 3-5 Life Science Materials Lists

This list includes all the science materials needed to effectively implement the Grades 3-5 Life Science Module.
Note that some of these items (e.g., eyedroppers, children's socks) may already be available in a school building or in students' homes; others (e.g., water lily plants, mix of pond snail specimens) may need to be special ordered.

Fostering Character in a Collaborative Classroom

Our K-5 Language Arts Curriculum addresses three dimensions of student achievement: mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work. This document focuses on the character dimension. Part 1 explains what EL Education means by character and how the K–5 Language Arts Curriculum promotes habits of character. Part 2 provides practical guidance about how teachers can set up the classroom environment, structures, and culture that will help this curriculum succeed.

Why a Structured Phonics Program is Effective

A clear and thorough explanation of the research behind a structured phonics approach to reading instruction, how this approach works, and why it is effective. Written by David Liben (Student Achievement Partners) for teachers, coaches, and administrators who are trying to understand structured phonics, and specifically how it differs from a typical Guided Reading program.

K-5 Text Analyses

The K-5 Text Analyses includes an analysis of every central text used in the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum, focusing on four specific qualitative aspects of complexity: meaning, structure, language features, and knowledge demands.

K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block

K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Resource Manual

A single comprehensive resource that includes many of the documents needed to understand the design and to effectively implement the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block, including an assessment overview, assessment conversion chart, Benchmark Assessments (teacher and student materials), Activity Bank, information on independent and small group work, syllabification guidance, handwriting guidance, and a glossary.

K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Differentiation Packs

The K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Differentiation Packs can be used as a resource for planning differentiated small group instruction for students whose microphase aligns with work from a different grade level. This resource includes a comprehensive word list, key cycle information and texts for each grade level cycle, suggested instructional practices, engagement texts and decodable readers, and handwriting sheets.

K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block: Learning Letters

Learning Letters is a collection of all of the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block curricular materials related to learning about letter names, sounds, and formation. The contents include the research behind EL Education's approach to teaching letters, Letter Stories (engaging read-alouds, one for each letter of the alphabet and consonant digraph ("ch", "sh", and"th"), upper- and lowercase Keyword Cards (a colorful picture of the animal or object associated with each letter, and Handwriting Sheets (letter formation and handwriting practice sheets).

K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Scope and Sequence: Standards Coverage

An outline of all of the Reading Foundations Standards and Language Standards (related to spelling) are taught and assessed in the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block. This document identifies which standards are covered in each module.

K–2 Standards and Targets: Reading Foundations Standards and Language Standard 2

This document provides a high-level overview of the Common Core State Standards, substandards, and associated EL-created learning targets explicitly taught and formally assessed in each of the four modules for a given grade level of the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block

Supplementary Curriculum Documents

K-5 Module Topics

A one-page, high-level view of the module topics for the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum.

Research Behind the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum and Professional Services

This two page document provides a high level summary of the research that informed the Language Arts curriculum design (e.g., content-based literacy, phonics, supports for ELLs) and our professional development (e.g., focus on leadership, coaching, common implementation challenges).

Sample Schedules

The Sample Schedules are sample schedules that outline advantages and considerations to give leaders ideas about how to incorporate the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum (2 hours daily for Grades 3-5) into a school schedule. This document shows options for school days with 7, 6.5, and 6 hours of daily instruction.

Second Edition Enhancements

The crosswalks for the 3-5 Language Arts curriculum outline the general enhancements in our second edition curriculum (across all modules), plus the specific changes to each particular module (shown as a "cross-walk" of the first vs. second edition performance task and six on-demand assessments).

Overview - Conversation Cues in the K-5 Language Arts Curriculum

This document describes conversation cues: questions teachers can ask students to promote productive and equitable conversation, based on four goals: encourage all students to talk and be understood, listen carefully to one another and seeking to understand, deepen thinking, and think with others to expand the conversation. It includes examples for each goal, and describes the research base behind conversation cues.

Overview - Language Dives in the K-5 Language Arts Curriculum

This document describes what a language dive is, criteria for a good language dive sentence, when students do language dives, what the benefits of language dives are, and the principles and research base that underlie language dives.

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