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Reading Instruction

Reading Instruction In the last twenty-five years, a great deal has been learned about how to teach reading effectively, and the CKLA program puts that into practice. More…

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Starter Kits Ready to move to the next grade? Not sure what materials you need to get started with Core Knowledge? We have made it easy by offering these easy-to-order starter kits for preschool through grade 5.  More…

English Language Arts

Core Knowledge and Common Core State Standards

The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects require a curriculum that is “intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades.”

Using the precise content and skill guidelines set forth for in the Core Knowledge Sequence for Preschool–Grade 8, schools can meet or exceed the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy by:

  • enabling students to develop understanding of domain-specific words and phrases, their relationships, and their nuances within the context of lessons that build background knowledge in literature, science, social studies, and the arts;
  • providing an integrated model of literacy that reflects the developmental nature of language and the interrelation of all facets of literacy—listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
  • addressing foundational language arts skills as well as the ability to infer, imply, reason, evaluate, and synthesize information; and
  • balancing fiction and nonfiction texts taught during the language arts block, so that by 4th grade, 50% of the texts students are reading are informational/explanatory texts and 50% are fiction—a key requirement of the Common Core State Standards.