Trade Book Access | EL Education Curriculum

Trade Book Access

Last Updated: October 9th, 2020

The EL Education Language Arts Curriculum is built around books. We believe that the depth of discussion, rigorous thinking, and joyful engagement with stories that books enable are irreplaceable as students make the journey from tentative readers sounding out words to confident citizens ready to take their ideas out into the world.  For more about how books are built into our curriculum, see Why Use Books to Teach Literacy?

The COVID-19 crisis, however, has lifted up the urgent need to make it easier for students and teachers to be able to access the required trade books in a variety of circumstances. Please find more details below about our rapid response solution to facilitate flexible access to the required texts for the 2020-21 school year.

Trade Books in the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21


Which trade books are required for the Flex Curriculum?

The trade books required for the Flex Curriculum are all part of our regular set of required trade books for grades K-8, however, we have reduced the number of texts to those essential for supporting the learning in the adapted materials for remote and hybrid instruction. We have included only the three modules recommended for the 2020-21 school year (See Module Selection and Rationale)

You can utilize the first column of the below-linked resource which indicates whether or not a trade book is required for use with the Flex Curriculum:

K-8 Required Trade Books - Flex Curriculum 2020-21 Availability

What do my students need to access the required trade books this year?

Grades K-2

Students in the classroom should use the classroom set of print books. For students learning remotely, options for access are:

  • Essential trade books required for Grades K-2 in the Flex Curriculum are offered as video read-alouds for remote learning (See the K-2 Video Read-Alouds section below for more information on how to access the videos). When students are required to work with specific pages of a text either in a lesson or in an assessment, it is recommended either the print or digital license is also purchased for students to be able to see the specific pages closely. When we recommend this, is noted on the K-8 Required Trade Books - Flex Curriculum 2020-21 Availability spreadsheet linked above.
  • Trade books are sometimes used in activities and assessments in the K-2 Module Lessons. If students are learning remotely when those lessons are taught, the trade book content required is available to license for distribution in print or digital formats through the Copyright Clearance Center. See the Print or Digital Access to Key Book Content below for more information, licensing fees are set by the publishers.

Grades 3-8

Students in the classroom should use the classroom set of print books. For students learning remotely, options for access are:

  • Students will need access to trade books required for the Flex Curriculum for remote learning. They can use print copies of the required texts at home, or use digital versions via an ebook platform. See Ebook Access below for more information on ebook options.
  • Required trade book excerpts and some whole books, including some texts not available in ebook format, are available to license for distribution in print or digital formats for remote learning through Copyright Clearance Center. See the Print or Digital Access to Key Book Content section below for more information, licensing fees are set by the publishers.

I'm not using the Flex Curriculum. Where can I find information about how to access all of the required trade books?

EL Education has focused our efforts on making sure the trade books required for the Flex Curriculum are available as K-2 Read Aloud Videos and for licensing through Copyright Clearance Center, as described in the Print or Digital Access to Key Book Content section below, as well as through our ebook partners where an ebook edition is available.

However, information about access options for all required trade books can be found here:

K-8 Required Trade Books - Flex Curriculum 2020-21 Availability

 

Ebooks

EL Education is working directly with OverDrive's Sora K-12 ebook platform to ensure access to all required texts that are available in ebook format can be accessed in one place.  Although Sora is a free platform that includes hundreds of free titles, expanding the collection for your curriculum or library needs will carry a cost.

For a prompt response, please send an inquiry here.

Our curriculum distribution partners (Open Up Resources and LearnZillion) are also working to provide ebook solutions for the required trade books for the 2020-21 school year.  You can find contact information for these partners on our How to Order page.

K-2 Read Aloud Videos

EL Education is creating Read-Aloud Videos for Grades K-2 (one read-aloud per unit) to ensure students can access the key texts used in the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21 materials.

If your school or district has access to the curriculum through Kiddom (from Open Up Resources) or LearnZillion, you can provide students access to the videos through their platforms. Schools and districts can also sign a license with EL Education directly to host the videos in their password-protected learning management systems by filling out the request form below. 

*We ask that only School/District leads who are authorized to sign a licensing agreement and distribute videos or if you are a homeschooling caregiver fill out this form. 

K-2 Read-Aloud Video Request Form 

Below is a list of videos that are in development. This list will be expanded as we continue to negotiate licenses with publishers.

Grade

Module

Title

KindergartenModule 1Llama, Llama Time to Share
Toys Galore
Have Fun, Molly Lou Mellon
KindergartenModule 2One Hot Summer Day
Weather Words and What they Mean
The Snowy Day
Grade 1Module 1Tools
The Little Red Pen
The Most Magnificent Thing
Grade 1 Module 2What Makes Day and Night
What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees
Grade 2 Module 1The Invisible Boy
The Important Book
Off to Class...
Grade 2Module 2Fossils
Stone Girl Bone Girl

Print or Digital Access to Key Book Content

EL Education is working with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to provide a simple way for schools and districts to license rights to photocopy whole books or excerpts from books to send home in student packets, or to host digital files of whole books or excerpts from books on a learning management system. This will ensure students have access to the necessary content from the required texts when they are out of the classroom.

How to Order

 

  1. Click here to learn more about the program and to place an order. Submit your order for trade book content in the format(s) you need for your students.*

  2. EL Education will contact you at the email address you provided with access to the files. Files will be provided via password-protected Dropbox folder for your use.**

NOTE: The trade book content available for licensing is dependent on the rights granted for this purpose by the publishers. Not all trade books that are part of the Flex Curriculum: 2020-21 are available for licensing through the Copyright Clearance Center, and of the trade books included in this offering there is variation in format and amount of book content available. Licensing fees are set by the publishers. Refer to the Order Form for details.

*Based on the rights granted by publishers, some trade book content is available for both print and digital use, some for just print or just digital use. Refer to the Order Form for details.  Print services are available through XanEdu, a nationwide course materials provider, for those who want print copies delivered at additional cost. Please see the link at the bottom of the Copyright Clearance Center info page.

**Access to files will terminate at the end of the license term, which is noted on your Order Confirmation.

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