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.

The curriculum contains: curriculum plan, standards-aligned curriculum map, formative and summative assessments and end-of-unit performance task, teacher-facing materials and student consumables. Supported by: central texts from various publishers, recommendations for optional texts at multiple Lexile levels, and embedded, authentic informational texts. Plus these online supports: classroom videos of CCSS-aligned instructional practices, an archive of exemplary student work from all grade levels, and teacher toolkits providing instructional strategies for literacy across the disciplines.