CKLA Is Online for Free
From student activity books to teacher guides, everything needed for preschool–third grade and several units from grades 4–5 are fully available for free using the CKLA Download Manager. More…
CKLA in Action
Wondering what CKLA really looks like? Get a glimpse into CKLA classrooms, and hear from pilot teachers and principals about their experience with the program. More…
FAQ: Core Knowledge Language Arts K–5
- Is CKLA a comprehensive language arts program?
- Is CKLA really free?
- How is CKLA being developed, funded, and distributed?
- What is a Creative Commons license?
- Why is a log in required to download CKLA?
- What grades does CKLA cover and how is it structured?
- What is the underlying philosophy of CKLA?
- What is CKLA's research basis?
- Is CKLA a scripted program?
- What do independent reviewers say about CKLA?
Rationale and Program Design
- How does the program support children's reading and writing success across preschool–3 in a systematic way?
- Why does CKLA K–3 have two strands? How do the two strands work together? Why do grades 4 and 5 have units instead of the two strands?
- What is the rationale underlying the K–3 Skills strand of materials?
- What is the rationale underlying the K–3 Listening & Learning strand of materials?
- Does CKLA teach respect for diverse peoples and cultures?
- How are small groups incorporated into the K–3 Skills strand?
- What if my state standards dictate that the domain content be taught at a different grade level than where it appears in CKLA?
- Are there assessments that go with the program?
- What if my district mandates another language arts program?
- How is writing taught in CKLA?
Alignment to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
- Is the program aligned to the CCSS?
- How does the program support instructional shifts that are critical to CCSS alignment?
- Does CKLA support "close reading"?
- What are the components of the CKLA program?
- Do children read authentic texts?
- Are there any trade books required?
- What are the Assessment and Remediation Guides?
- Are there spelling lists?
- Why do the K–1 readers break up words in the text like this [dinn.er]? Can you explain the research and thinking for children seeing text this way?
- How do the stories and materials represent multiple cultures?
Materials for Diverse Learners
- How does the program support students who are learning English?
- How do you differentiate instruction for students who are reading on different levels?
- How do I use CKLA K–3 Listening & Learning kits in conjunction with another ELA program?
- How long does it take to implement CKLA?
- If we use a Smartboard while teaching the K–3 Listening & Learning strand, can we display the text so teachers can read off the projected image, rather than the anthology?
- Should teachers replace and/or supplement the read-alouds in the K–3 Listening & Learning strand to match their students’ interests?
- Beyond the core CKLA materials, how can we enhance implementation?
- Can CKLA be used in conjunction with other language arts programs?
- What should we do with our leveled reading libraries after we adopt CKLA?