A Curriculum by Teachers for Teachers
Comprehensive K-5 ELA Curriculum
Launching for the 2017-18 school year
EL Education’s K-5 English Language Arts curriculum is a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real world content. Created by teachers for teachers, our highly-acclaimed curriculum draws on EL Education’s 20 years of experience in engaging teachers and students in active and meaningful learning.
EL Education is fiercely focused on equity for all children. All children deserve schools that foster their unique abilities, give them the real opportunity to achieve high academic standards, and help them take their full place in a society for which they are well prepared when they leave school. Equity is the foundation on which the entire curriculum rests.
An Expanded Definition of Student Achievement
We believe that when students complete school and enter adult life, they will be judged for the rest of their lives not by their performance on tests, but by the quality of their work and the quality of their character. EL Education’s vision of student achievement therefore has three dimensions:
» Mastery of knowledge and skills. Students demonstrate proficiency and deeper understanding, apply their learning, think critically, and communicate clearly.
» Character. Students work to become effective learners, to become ethical people, and to contribute to a better world.
» High-quality work. Students create complex work, demonstrate craftsmanship, and create authentic work.
These three dimensions are the pillars of the K–5 ELA curriculum.
Curriculum developed by EL Education has received high reviews from multiple sources, including EdReports.org, EQuiP, and several states.
The EL Education K-5 ELA Curriculum:
» Is comprehensive: explicitly teaches and formally assesses all standards and strands of the new ELA standards.
» Is content based: students read, think, talk and write about meaningful topics
» Fosters habits of character
» Balances rigor and joy: honors student engagement and the needs of primary learners
» Challenges and engages all students; includes supports for students not meeting grade level standards and extensions for students ready for more challenge
» Fosters collaboration and rich student discourse
Key Principles of our K-5 ELA Curriculum
Backward design ensures quality and coherence
The guiding principle of backward design is straightforward. Designers plan with the end in mind, considering three questions:
» “At the end of a sequence of instruction, what will students know and be able to do?”
» “What will proficiency look and sound like?”
» “How will we know when students are proficient?”
An essential aspect of backward planning is assessment. Formative and summative assessments are built into key components of the curriculum.
Building world knowledge
Research shows that the deeper the content knowledge a student has, the more she is able to understand what she reads, and the more she is able to speak and write clearly about that content. She is even more able to successfully read about and understand new content. EL Education’s K–5 ELA curriculum has been created with substantive content understanding— science, social studies, or literature—at its heart.
Students excel in diverse and inclusive settings
Students learn from one another—and learn to respect one another—when they learn together in the same classroom. At the same time, students sometimes have needs that require various types of differentiation. The curriculum is based on an inclusive model, and provides supports and resources
for differentiation where needed. To engage all students, module lessons heavily emphasize differentiation; tools and scaffolding that support all learners; and flexibility in the ways information is presented, the ways students respond, and in the ways students are engaged (based on the Universal Design for Learning).
English language learners and language minority students need their assets honored and their needs supported
ELLs and language minority students bring a wealth of diverse experience and wisdom. Within each lesson of the curriculum, language learners have targeted instruction and additional supports, including critical “language dives” (to unpack the structure and meaning of complex sentences) and “conversation cues” (to promote rich discussions).
Curriculum is powerful professional development
The curriculum is designed to help teachers build on their existing expertise and continue to improve their ability to make strong instructional decisions during planning and while teaching. Teachers are provided rich resources and opportunities to make sound and specific instructional decisions based on the needs of their students
EL Education’s K-5 ELA curriculum will be available for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, on 3rd-5th go to commoncoresuccess.ELeducation.org and K-2nd go to https://eleducation.org. To learn about Professional Development, please email pd@ELeducation.org.