Selecting the Best Grade Level (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) English Language Arts Curriculum to Prepare Students for The New Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy Standards.
A few question that I ask when evaluating a Reading Program!
- Do they measure and meet the highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy and Webb's DOK?
- Is the curriculum spiral in design, meaning concepts are introduced and repeated to maximize learning and memory?
- Are lesson plans designed to maximize declarative knowledge and retention of key ELA concepts?
- Are the students provided with higher order thinking question stems to create a erudite dialogue during reading instruction.
- Are the goals explicit and easily known to students and teachers before the lesson?
- What is the quantity of tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary concepts in the curriculum.
- Are kids inspired and excited to read the literature provide in the readers.
- Can a "harried" teacher with an oversize class really use the materials?
- Are lessons designed to be taught in a cooperative learning structure?
Number 1: Scott Foresman: Reading Street Common Core Edition
Most students need extra extended response questions practice to prepare for the PARCC assessments.
The Envision It reference materials throughout the books are one reason I picked Scott Foresman: Reading Street ( Common Core Edition 2013 ). The Envision It books that are part of all the Readers as a supplemental reference at the front and back of each text book. The "Envision Books" are styled as a graphic comic that teachers the most difficult tier 3 academic ELA concepts.
- Integrated Cooperative Learning Structures
- Collection of Fluency Drills
- Giant collection of online and digital content
- Materials in English and Spanish
- Tier 3 Vocabulary Covered
- Teacher Scalable
- Online Tutorials of all Content and Comprehensive Teacher Training
- Lexile Reading Levels on All Reading Passages
- Great Collection of Literature
- Quality ELA Extensions
- Quality Test Prep
- Revised Blooms and Webb's Aligned Questions
- Pearson is Writing the Content for PARCC and Smarter Balanced
- Overall Print and Graphics Quality
- Word Work Materials and Drills Need Work
- No Reading or Literacy Board Games
Scott Foresman: Reading Street: Meeting the Common Core ELA Curriculum Criteria
- Strongly disagree
- Strongly agree