English Language Arts K-2 – Core Knowledge
The Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum which is made up of two components: The Listening and Learning strand and Skills strand. The Listening and Learning strand lessons, comprised of teacher read-aloud, class discussion, vocabulary work, and extension activities, build on the research finding that students’ listening comprehension outpaces their reading comprehension throughout elementary school. The Skills strand teaches reading and writing. Children practice blending (reading) and segmenting (spelling) using the sound spellings they have learned through a synthetic phonics approach. Handwriting, spelling, and the writing process are also presented in the Skills strand.
English Language Arts 3-8 – Expeditionary Learning
Four modules, with 3 units in each, comprise 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). Each module comes with literature books (not textbooks or anthologies) which have been carefully selected and vetted by the authors of the Common Core as the best books for teaching grade level content. These central texts are supported by a list of recommended texts—books, articles, and primary source documents that balance literary and informational texts at appropriate levels of complexity. With Expeditionary Learning, students are “hooked” on what they are going to learn, become experts on a compelling topic and texts, and write from sources about topics they understand deeply.