English Language Arts (ELA)
In English Language Arts, we use the Core Knowledge program in grades 6-8. Core Knowledge is an integrated curriculum that provides ample opportunity in the earliest years of school for students to learn to read and think well. Content knowledge is critical for developing strong readers who can apply what they are reading. The Core Knowledge program also integrates art and music into the curriculum and is proven to be one of the strongest curriculum programs available.
Our Expeditionary Learning curriculum includes four 8-week modules, with 3 units in each, comprising a full year’s curriculum.Each module progresses in a standard sequence: Building Background Knowledge (Unit 1), Extended
Reading and Research (Unit 2), and Extended Writing (Unit 3).
Modules are linked by “big ideas” and “guiding questions” that speak to both the standards and the content.
Each module is anchored by one or more books—not textbooks or anthologies—that have been carefully chosen to take the guesswork out of selecting texts.
All students read the same increasingly complex texts, and teachers are given lesson-specific strategies for meeting all students’ needs.
Each module has 7 assessments – 3 mid-unit, 3 end-of-unit and one culminating performance task that always involves writing from evidence.
Science and Social Studies content reinforces literacy strategies across the disciplines.
Overview: Grade 6-8 Curriculum Plan
Overview: Overview to the Modules
Overview: Preparing to Teach the Modules
Overview: Assessment Design
Overview: Writing Instruction in the Expeditionary Learning Curriculum
Overview: Helping Students Read Closely
Overview: Teaching the Research Standards
Overview: Supporting English Language Learners
Overview: Interventions for Adolescent Readers
Resource: Building Evidence-Based Arguments
Resource Guide: Protocols and Strategies
Curriculum Map - Grade 6
Module 1: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn - Myths - Not Just Long Ago
Module 2A: Working With Evidence - Rules to Live By
Module 2B: Voices of Adversity
Module 3A: Understanding Perspectives - The Land of the Golden Mountain
Module 3B: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn - Point of View and Perspective
Module 4: Reading for Research and Writing an Argument - Insecticides
Building Background Knowledge - Expert Recording Form
Building Background Knowledge - Recording Form
Notice and Wonder
Observe, Question, Infer
Paragraph - Accordian
What Do You See
What - So Now What
Curriculum Map - Grade 7
Module 1: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn - Journeys and Survival
Module 2A: Working With Evidence - Working Conditions
Module 2B: Working With Evidence - Identity and Transformation - Then and Now
Module 3: Understanding Perspective - Slavery - The People Could Fly
Module 4A: Reading and Research - Screen Time and the Developing Brain
Module 4B: Reading and Research - Water is Life