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Implementing the Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block

Curriculum Overview Documents

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum

Type

Language Arts Curriculum Resources

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the ALL Block: the five components, how each component reinforces the work from the module lessons, how rotations work, what a day in the ALL Block looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions. 

The 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum (Second Edition) consists of two hours per day of instruction: the module lessons and the Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block. Certain aspects of the literacy work in the module lessons often require that students get more practice in order to achieve mastery. This is why the ALL Block exists. 

The ALL Block is one hour long and is complementary to the module lessons. These two hours of content-based literacy instruction work together to accelerate the achievement of all students. The ALL Block has three units, parallel to the three units of the module. 

The Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block responds to upper elementary students’ need for greater independence and mastery as learners. The ALL Block exists to give students more practice in order to achieve mastery. During this hour students have additional time to work with texts, ideas, and skills that are initially introduced in the module lessons. They also have time set aside every day in the ALL Block to read, something that all too often gets lost in the shuffle of a busy school schedule. 

This document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the Grades 3-5 ALL Block. 

To read more about the Additional Language and Literacy Block, please download the guidance document. 

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum

Type

Language Arts Curriculum Resources

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the ALL Block: the five components, how each component reinforces the work from the module lessons, how rotations work, what a day in the ALL Block looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions. 

The 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum (Second Edition) consists of two hours per day of instruction: the module lessons and the Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block. Certain aspects of the literacy work in the module lessons often require that students get more practice in order to achieve mastery. This is why the ALL Block exists. 

The ALL Block is one hour long and is complementary to the module lessons. These two hours of content-based literacy instruction work together to accelerate the achievement of all students. The ALL Block has three units, parallel to the three units of the module. 

The Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block responds to upper elementary students’ need for greater independence and mastery as learners. The ALL Block exists to give students more practice in order to achieve mastery. During this hour students have additional time to work with texts, ideas, and skills that are initially introduced in the module lessons. They also have time set aside every day in the ALL Block to read, something that all too often gets lost in the shuffle of a busy school schedule. 

This document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the Grades 3-5 ALL Block. 

To read more about the Additional Language and Literacy Block, please download the guidance document. 

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