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K-5 Language Arts Curriculum: 3-5 Overview

How do the components of the EL Education 3-5 language arts curriculum work together?

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EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum

Type

Online Learning

Grade Level

Just like primary-age students, upper-elementary students are joy seekers. They crave collaboration with their peers and engagement in their learning through play, story, and games. They also have unique needs and characteristics. Their growing hunger for independence and mastery as learners makes them ready to put their hard-earned reading and writing skills to work.

EL Education’s 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum honors students’ growing capacity to read complex text, write at length and with depth, and explore pressing issues in the world around them. The curriculum comprises two hours of rich content-based literacy instruction per day:

  • One hour of module lessons
  • One hour of the Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block

These two hours of curriculum, when taught hand-in-glove, are considered comprehensive, explicitly teaching and formally assessing all strands and standards of the Common Core ELA standards for each grade level.

This page will provide an overview of the components of the 3-5 Language Arts of the curriculum.  Subsequent pages will take a closer look at: 3-5 Modules; ALL Block; 3-5 Assessments.

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum

Type

Online Learning

Grade Level

Just like primary-age students, upper-elementary students are joy seekers. They crave collaboration with their peers and engagement in their learning through play, story, and games. They also have unique needs and characteristics. Their growing hunger for independence and mastery as learners makes them ready to put their hard-earned reading and writing skills to work.

EL Education’s 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum honors students’ growing capacity to read complex text, write at length and with depth, and explore pressing issues in the world around them. The curriculum comprises two hours of rich content-based literacy instruction per day:

  • One hour of module lessons
  • One hour of the Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block

These two hours of curriculum, when taught hand-in-glove, are considered comprehensive, explicitly teaching and formally assessing all strands and standards of the Common Core ELA standards for each grade level.

This page will provide an overview of the components of the 3-5 Language Arts of the curriculum.  Subsequent pages will take a closer look at: 3-5 Modules; ALL Block; 3-5 Assessments.

“We have to believe that students can be successful with academic challenges the same way they are with character and physical challenges.” -Laurie Godwin, principal

Learning Targets: 

  1. I can describe the structure of the EL Education 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum.
  2. I can explain how the components of the EL Education 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum work together.

Review: EL Education 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum Overview

Review the graphic and read the text below outlining the components of the EL Education 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum.  As you review, please reflect:

  1. How does the ALL block structure complement the Modules?

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The 3-5 Module Lessons are based on compelling topics and use rich, authentic text throughout. The modules are designed to build important content knowledge and understanding, as they fully teach and assess all of the ELA standards at each grade level. Each grade level has four modules per year.  Each module lasts 8-9 weeks and has a consistent structure of three units. There are two assessments per unit.

The ALL Block is one hour long and is complementary to module lessons. The ALL Block has three units, parallel to the three units of the module. Each module unit is accompanied by two weeks of ALL Block instruction (with one extra day built in every week).  In Grades 3-5, the initial exposure to and formal assessment of standards happens in the module lessons; the ALL Block is for additional practice in these 5 components: Independent Ready; Additional Work with Complex Text; Reading and Speaking Fluency/ Grammar, Usage, Mechanics (GUM); Writing Practice; Word Study and Vocabulary

Together, the Module Lessons and ALL Block are two hours of content-based literacy instruction that work together to accelerate the achievement of all students.

Review: Pacing of Grades 3-5 Language Arts Curriculum

Review the graphic below for a closer look at the pacing of the module lessons (purple) and the ALL block (blue).  Please note that the 8-9 weeks captured in the graphic below represents the time it takes to complete one module. Each grade level includes four modules, which span a full school year.  

  1. How does the ALL Block pacing complement that of the module lessons?

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Read: Features of the Grades 3-5 Curriculum

Please read the section “Key Features of the Grades 3-5 Module Lessons and ALL Block” on pages 15-16 of the K-5 Language Arts Guidance Document .

As you read, reflect on on these questions:

  1. How do the module lessons and ALL block work together to support students’ development as readers and writers?
  2. Where do you see evidence that the curriculum addresses the three dimensions of student achievement: mastery of content and skills; character; high quality student work?

Dig Deeper

  • Fostering Character in the Collaborative Classroom: Take a closer look at how the K-5 Language Arts Curriculum supports character as a dimension of student achievement, including what EL means by character, how the curriculum promotes habits of character, and practical guidance for setting up the classroom environment, structures, and culture that will help this curriculum succeed.
  • Supporting English Language Learners: This document provides key information about how English Language Learner (ELL) instruction is designed and built into the K-5 Language Arts Curriculum and the principles that underlie it.

Synthesize:

For Teachers: 

  1. Why are both components of the Grades 3-5 content-based literacy curriculum (module lessons and ALL block) essential to building students’ knowledge and skills?
  2. How does the structure of this curriculum align with or differ from curriculum you have used in the past?

For School Leaders:

  1. Examine your school’s schedule. How will you make time for implementing both hours of the content-based literacy curriculum?
  2. How will you ensure teachers have the time and support they need to discuss and plan together and to digest all they are learning?  Consider how you might use whole-staff meetings, team meetings, professional learning communities, and book groups.