We develop materials to support your classroom practice in ways that deepen your understanding of EL Education’s approach and strategies. For answers to common questions about curriculum implementation, please visit our our Curriculum Q&A Blog.
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 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.
K-5 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.
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.
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: 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 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.
Administrating and Scoring Benchmark Assessments
This screencast walks you through the steps to prepare and administer the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Benchmark Assessments. "Administering and Scoring Benchmark Assessments" is one of several excerpts from our K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block screencasts found on our Vimeo channel which includes videos on the structure and foundations of the K-2 Skills Block.
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.
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 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, decodable readers, and handwriting sheets.
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).
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.
Digital Planning Templates
The Digital Planning Templates, or task cards, are extensive, but that is by design. They will help the user internalize the purpose and flow of the curriculum over weeks and months to understand the backwards design, to feel fully prepared to teach the texts, and to see how the Labs and ALL Block deepen student learning and provide additional time to practice important skills.