The following resources offer more information on the Core Knowledge Language Arts™ program by exploring ideas behind the curriculum, describing its design and components, or showing the program in action.

Design Principles of CKLA  (Video | PPT)

This video introduces the guiding principles behind the design and development of the Core Knowledge Language Arts program. The accompanying  PowerPoint can be used or adapted to deliver presentations on the program.

Knowledge Matters

TNTP “Room to Run” series, 2016

From a series of articles that examine “What Kids Can Do with Challenging, Inspiring Schoolwork,” this posting gives a vivid close-up glimpse into a second grade classroom in Reno, Nevada, where students are using Core Knowledge Language Arts materials to study the Civil War.

Taken for Granted: Why Curriculum Content Is Like Oxygen

By Carolyn Gosse and Lisa Hansel
American Educator, Summer 2014

“A rich curriculum is the necessary precondition for improving schools—and it’s essential that students receive it early. Core Knowledge Language Arts is one child-friendly, content-rich program … that can help teachers begin to build the broad academic knowledge and vocabulary that all children need.”

More Than Words: An Early Grades Reading Program Builds Skills and Knowledge

By Jennifer Dubin
American Educator, Fall 2012

Using CKLA at P.S. 96 in Queens, New York, students have acquired enough background knowledge in the early grades that, once they are in fourth grade….their teachers ask them to pretend they are Roman soldiers and to describe their lives and responsibilities, or to imagine they are immigrants in America at the turn of the 20th century writing a letter to family members back home. Pencils in hand, the words come quickly.

Teaching Kids to Read

By Ted Hirsch

The pleasures that come with teaching children to read are hard to match, and that is why so many of us keep teaching children in the youngest grades. We want to be a part of the magical process whereby children first learn how to turn letter symbols into meaningful language. Literacy is the single most important skill children learn at school. By means of literacy, children expand their world and enter any subject or realm on earth. But they must first master the skill of translating visual symbols into speech sounds.

Two Ways of Explaining the Listening and Learning Strand

By Matthew Davis
Common Knowledge 20.2, July 2007

What’s the point of all this reading aloud? One way to explain it is to say that the Listening & Learning strand is a vocabulary-building program. Written language is richer in vocabulary than spoken language. By reading these stories aloud to children, teachers will be able to expose children to many words they would probably not hear in everyday conversation.