Your Curriculum Companion: The Essential Guide to Teaching the EL Education K–5 Language Arts Curriculum

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EL Education

  • Author

    Libby Woodfin, Suzanne Nathan Plaut

  • Topic

    • Curriculum
    • Classroom Instruction
    • Professional Development

    Type

    Books

    Grade Level

    Discipline

    This essential guide to the EL Education K–5 Language Arts Curriculum is one part roadmap to the curriculum, one part orientation to its instructional practices, and one part coach—to answer your questions, relieve your stress, and put you and your students on the path to success. 

    Your Curriculum Companion explores the foundations of the curriculum, including the principles and research it was built on and the instructional practices that make it unique. The book is designed to help you “look under the hood” at practices embedded throughout the curriculum so that you can sharpen your instruction, support students to be leaders of their own learning, and make well-informed changes to best meet your students’ needs. 

    Key features of Your Curriculum Companion include:

    • Twenty-seven accompanying videos—see the curriculum in action
    • Task cards for guidance on how to plan when the planning has been done for you
    • The why, what, and how of the K–2 Reading Foundations Skills Block
    • A deep dive into the purpose and structure of close reading and close read-alouds, including two sample annotated lessons
    • An exploration of the relationship between reading and writing and how the curriculum is designed to help students become strong
    • communicators, including an annotated “read-think-talk-write” lesson
    • Detailed descriptions of the ways in which English language learners and other students who may need additional support are challenged,
    • engaged, and empowered throughout the curriculum
    • Guidance for turning evidence of student progress into usable data that can inform your instruction
    • Support for school leaders


    Created By

    EL Education

  • Author

    Libby Woodfin, Suzanne Nathan Plaut

  • Topic

    • Curriculum
    • Classroom Instruction
    • Professional Development

    Type

    Books

    Grade Level

    Discipline

    This essential guide to the EL Education K–5 Language Arts Curriculum is one part roadmap to the curriculum, one part orientation to its instructional practices, and one part coach—to answer your questions, relieve your stress, and put you and your students on the path to success. 

    Your Curriculum Companion explores the foundations of the curriculum, including the principles and research it was built on and the instructional practices that make it unique. The book is designed to help you “look under the hood” at practices embedded throughout the curriculum so that you can sharpen your instruction, support students to be leaders of their own learning, and make well-informed changes to best meet your students’ needs. 

    Key features of Your Curriculum Companion include:

    • Twenty-seven accompanying videos—see the curriculum in action
    • Task cards for guidance on how to plan when the planning has been done for you
    • The why, what, and how of the K–2 Reading Foundations Skills Block
    • A deep dive into the purpose and structure of close reading and close read-alouds, including two sample annotated lessons
    • An exploration of the relationship between reading and writing and how the curriculum is designed to help students become strong
    • communicators, including an annotated “read-think-talk-write” lesson
    • Detailed descriptions of the ways in which English language learners and other students who may need additional support are challenged,
    • engaged, and empowered throughout the curriculum
    • Guidance for turning evidence of student progress into usable data that can inform your instruction
    • Support for school leaders


    “This book is a must-read for anyone wanting a comprehensive understanding of the EL Education curriculum. I think anyone reading it will walk away with a deeper understanding of what it takes to develop agency in our students and realize the goal of equity for all.”  Tammi Bauschka, Literacy Program Specialist, Tucson, Arizona

    Make the Most of Your Curriculum Companion

    As the title suggests, this book is a companion to EL Education’s K-5 Language Arts Curriculum. You can browse and download the curriculum and access a comprehensive suite of companion resources at Curriculum.ELeducation.org.

    Browse the entire collection of Your Curriculum Companion videos.

    EL Education also offers professional development related to the curriculum and Your Curriculum Companion. For more information about existing opportunities, or to make inquiries about bringing professional development to your area, email us at pd@eleducation.org

    Click here to buy the book. Bulk discounts are available.


    One of 27 videos from Your Curriculum Companion

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    Your Curriculum Companion is designed to help teachers and leaders using the EL Education K–5 Language Arts Curriculum. CHAPTER 1: Before You Begin: The Foundations of the Curriculum CHAPTER 2: Getting Oriented: The Structure and Supports of the Curriculum CHAPTER 3: Preparing to Teach: Planning for Challenge, Engagement, and Empowerment CHAPTER 4: Structured Phonics: The Why, What, and How of the Reading Foundations Skills Block CHAPTER 5: The Mighty Text: Worthy, Compelling, and Complex CHAPTER 6: Reading for and Writing with Evidence: Deeper Learning in Literacy CHAPTER 7: Reflecting on Progress: Where Have You Been and Where Are You Going?

    Suggested Use

    Schoolwide book study, tool for professional coaching, or anchor text for professional learning communities.