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Frequently Asked Questions

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Curriculum Website Registration

Beginning October 24th, 2019, users must register or log in to download the free version of the EL Education Language Arts curriculum on this website.

1. Why do I need to register to download the free version of the curriculum?

By adding registration to our curriculum website, we can learn how our curriculum is being used so we can better support educators. We can also get in touch when changes or upgrades to the curriculum are coming.

2. How does it work?

Registration launches on October 24th, 2019 and should only take a minute or two. You will be prompted to register only when you are ready to download files from the curriculum website. For your convenience, the website is designed to remember your login so you only need to log in once, provided you use the same computer.

3. How will you use my information?

We may email you occasionally to let you know about important changes to the curriculum or to share resources and opportunities for support. You can unsubscribe to these emails at any time. EL Education does NOT share your information. Read our full privacy policy here.

4. Is there still a free version of the curriculum?

The EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum is still an open educational resource available for free on this website. Premium formats are available from our distribution partners. Click here to learn more.

5. What if I already have an account for the EL Education Resource Library?

The EL Education curriculum lives on a separate website from the EL Education resource library, where you access tools like teacher practice videos and the K-5 Language Arts curriculum assessments. You will need to create a separate login to download the curriculum on In the coming years, we aim to streamline our websites so that you only need one account to access all EL Education resources. 

6. Is this new registration the same login I use to access the K-5 Language Arts curriculum assessments?

No. The assessments are hosted on a separate website: the free EL Education resource library. In the coming years, we aim to streamline our websites so that you only need one account to access all EL Education resources.  

2019 K-5 Curriculum Content Refresh Updates to EL Education's Curriculum Website

    1. What has changed as part of the 2019 K-5 Curriculum Content Refresh?

      We recently refreshed the K-5 Language Arts content on our website to match the refreshed 2019 printed curriculum. To ensure that you are using the most up-to-date content, please refer to the lesson plans on this website and download the updated versions of the supporting materials and assessments. Please note that all new supporting materials have an updated file name ending with "19."

      The bulk of the curriculum is the same; the changes consist of small yet meaningful edits such as corrected typos, content, and formatting errors, as well as updated images in the K-2 Skills Block Decodables, Keyword Letter Cards, and Handwriting Sheets.

      The most significant changes can be found in Grade 2 Module 2 Unit 3. Please see question #4 for more information.

      You can find the current trade book list (updated May 2019) here.

    2. How do I order refreshed versions of the print materials?

      As of March 2019, print materials from our providers Open Up Resources and LearnZillion will include the updates. You can identify the refreshed materials because of the word "updated" on the front cover of refreshed books. NOTE: You do not need to replace existing materials with the refreshed versions.

Please visit our How to Order page for more information.

3.  Where did the updates come from?

Many of them were contributed by educators like you who are using the curriculum. We appreciate feedback and suggestions and invite you to leave us feedback at We typically respond within 24-48 hours.

4.  Why was The Big Dinosaur Dig removed from the trade book list in Grade 2, Module 2? Should I not be using the materials related to this text?

We have revised Unit 3 of Grade 2: Module 2, as we had the opportunity to interview a new paleontologist, Dr. Holly Woodward Ballard, about her discoveries in the field. This change involved removing references in the Teacher Guide and the Teacher Supporting Materials to the trade book The Big Dinosaur Dig (978-0756655952, DK Publishing, $3.99), which was previously required as a one-per-classroom purchase.

To replace the reading and writing work students previously did with The Big Dinosaur Dig, the Curriculum Design Team created a similar narrative around one of Dr. Ballard's fossil discoveries. This narrative, called "The Maiasaura Dig," is included in the updated Teacher Supporting Materials (in the Lesson 1 supporting materialsalong with revised lesson plans and student materials to reflect the specifics of Dr. Ballard's story. NOTE: The updated unit is fully optional and covers similar content and addresses the same CCS standards as the original unit.

No new trade book purchase is required to replace The Big Dinosaur Dig, since the new text is included in the supporting materials. We recommend that you download the new materials and use the revised online lesson plans for Grade 2M2 Unit 3. Schools that have already purchased The Big Dinosaur Dig can continue to use it along with the earlier version of the unit, or they can switch to the updated version of the unit and use The Big Dinosaur Dig as a supplemental text.

An archived version of the original unit (2017) is available here: Grade 2: Module 2.

5. I came across an unavailable online resource (or "broken link") in the curriculum. Where can I find an updated list of links?

We embed authentic third-party content from other sources in our curriculum, including online resources to increase student engagement and keep content relevant. We carefully vet all sources with the aim of selecting websites with stable content. There are, however, instances when links can change or disappear over time, as website owners update and adjust their content.

You can find a list of updated third-party links on the Third-Party Links page. All of these updates have been made to the online curriculum, and most were corrected in the refreshed print materials (available as of March 2019). We will update the above page on an ongoing basis.

If you come across a broken or incorrect link in the curriculum, please let us know at

2012 Grades 3-5 ELA Curriculum (First Edition) on 

  1. Where can I find the first edition Grades 3-5 ELA curriculum? I have bookmarked or linked specific pages on 

    In June 2018, we decommissioned For any users who continue to implement the first edition Grades 3-5 ELA curriculum, this content is available on New York State's curriculum website EngageNY. We also no longer offer printed copies of the first edition of Grades 3-5. Please update any bookmarked links so that they direct to

    For users looking to learn more about the specific enhancements to the second edition Grades 3-5 Language Arts curriculum, please review the Second Edition Enhancement documents (for Grades 3-5) on the Tools page.

  2.  Where can I find the first edition Grades 6-8 ELA curriculum now that has been discontinued?

The Grades 6-8 ELA Curriculum has been moved to For users looking to order print materials of the Grades 6-8 ELA curriculum, please refer to our How to Order page for details.

We're excited to announce that we're launching a new edition of the 6-8 Language Arts curriculum. Learn more here.

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