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EL Education’s curriculum is fundamentally different from- and better than- most published curricula. It was created to support your students to build skills and content knowledge, to meet college- and career-ready standards, and, at the same time, to become more confident and collaborative learners. It also was created to help you become a stronger teacher:

Our curriculum was written by teachers, for teachers.
Our curriculum is offered as a free, open resource.
Our curriculum is designed to help teachers become even better in their practice.
We designed our curriculum based on what teachers told us they needed: a curriculum that is comprehensive, that provides everything you need to teach and assess ELA standards; that engages students in meaningful content; that helps students become strong learners and people; that empowers them to create high-quality work that matters; and that is compelling, engaging, and joyful. We provide detailed lessons for almost every single day of the year that fit this bill, and we offer guidance for how to execute those lessons effectively. When you first encounter our curriculum, you may incorrectly assume that it is prescriptive, since every lesson is described down to the smallest detail. It is descriptive, but it is not intended to be prescriptive. It is a thinking teacher’s curriculum; it is not designed to be followed mindlessly. (Woodfin, L. & Plaut, S. N., (2017) Your Curriculum Companion: The Essential Guide to Teaching the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum. New York, NY: EL Education Inc.)

We invite you to use this PD Pack as a resource as you further explore the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum (second edition). This first page of the PD Pack offers an overview of the EL Education K-5 Language Arts curriculum, and subsequent pages delve into more detail on each of the components.

Learning Targets
1. I can describe the principles and research that underlie the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum.
2. I can describe how the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum elevates student achievement.

Watch: Curriculum Design
In creating standards-aligned content-based literacy curriculum, EL Education used the framework of the 4 Ts: topic, task, target, and text. The video below features members of EL Education’s curriculum design team and teachers working together to design curriculum. As you watch the video, consider the following questions: