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Connections: English Language Arts

The Bridge to College and Career Readiness

Connections: English Language Arts  is designed to inspire active engagement. Each text is carefully chosen to stimulate thought-provoking questions; develop targeted skills; and encourage critical reasoning, discussion, and collaboration.

Built to address the realities of today’s classrooms, Connections: English Language Arts gives teachers and students the tools they need to build the foundation for life-long success. Each text opens a door to active learning, and each set of activities encourages students to take responsibility for developing their critical reading and analysis, writing, language, speaking, and listening skills.

The Connections Difference

Easy to Use—
No Distractions!

Streamlined chapters and lessons give you just the right amount of structure to speed implementation and keep classroom activities focused and goal oriented.

Focused—One Learning Objective per Lesson

A clear purpose enables students to direct their own learning as they read, gather evidence, discuss, analyze, and share through carefully scaffolded tasks.

Flexible Implementation

Develop specific skills, integrate lessons into the workshop model, refresh unit studies, or replace your core curriculum—the choice is yours!


Engage with Compelling Literature

Each close reading is coupled with powerful tools that encourage students to delve into each writer’s work.

  • Text-based questions focus the reading on a specific aspect of the text.
  • Students identify textual evidence through sophisticated annotation and highlighting tools or through the write-in text.
  • A built-in digital notebook allows students to collect their textual evidence, ideas, and questions automatically as they annotate and highlight.

Teachers can review and compare students’ annotations and notes. Point-of-use teaching support allows teachers to enhance reading, analysis, and discussion in real time.

Support ALL Learners

State-of-the art assistive reading technology supports struggling learners, English learners, and readers of various learning abilities and differences.


  • translation into over 60 languages
  • text-to-speech for each language
  • in-line tools support readers of differing abilities—including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and cerebral palsy
    —highlighting lines of text
    —changing colors and fonts
    —visualizing word meanings through illustrations, syllabification, and parts of speech


Following each close reading, students explore the ideas and concepts raised by the text-based questions.

  • Share through whole class, small group, or peer-to-peer discussions.
  • Use the digital discussion wall to encourage participation among all students.
  • Build on ideas, clarify meaning, and encourage spirited exchange of ideas and evidence by combining the digital discussion wall with small group discussion.

Teachers can easily focus on specific student responses, compare with model responses, and track participation in the grading system.

Develop Critical Reading & Analysis

Through the Focus On activity following each text, students develop reading and analysis skills by

  • organizing, analyzing, and synthesizing the evidence they collected from the text
  • extracting perspectives and ideas from discussion and collaboration


Writing & Language

Seamless writing and language integration.

  • Short, focused writing opportunities abound as students respond to the text.
  • Students apply learning as they integrate evidence, collaborate, and analyze using project-based assessments and On Your Own writing activities.
  • Online writing tools support prompts from any source; provide customizable, student-friendly rubrics; encourage peer collaboration; and help students become self-directed writers.
  • Each language lesson focuses on one key skill, using the selection as a mentor text to strengthen writing and editing.


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Grade Level Skill Chart