Built-in Teaching Supports

Built-in Teaching Supports

Be a reading expert in your literature class. Teaching support throughout each learning task aids teachers in modeling reading strategies, addressing a range of learning differences, assessing progress, and helping students become self-directed readers.

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A Day in the Life of a Connections: English Language Arts Classroom

Covering the essential English Language Arts skills is easy with a comprehensive plan to guide your way. Comprehensive teaching supports give you all the support you need.

Print and interactive Teacher Editions include digital access to PowerPoints and an ELL Resource.

  • Print, interactive, or blended solutions—you choose
  • Powerful classroom management with performance reports, class participation statistics, and exception reporting
  • Online quizzes and assessments
  • PowerPoint slides
  • ELL and differentiation support
  • Project-based assessment and extension activities
  • Teaching support available in print and online

Tables of Contents

Instructional Roadmaps

Grade-Level Skills Charts

Lesson Plans & Pacing Guides



“Focus On” a Targeted Learning Objective

Each lesson contains a set of Focus On activities to build understanding and proficiency with a standards-based skill or strategy.

  • Organize and reference textual evidence.
  • Collaborate through an online discussion.
  • Synthesize evidence, ideas, and analyses in a writing task.
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Check Understanding Through Multiple Assessment Options

A range of built-in assessments and teacher support tools saves time and reduces the complexities of grading.

Formative Check Quizzes provide feedback on student progress.
Project-Based Assessments include writing, research, debate, and presentations.
Connect to Testing prepares students for state and national tests.
Practice Performance Tasks synthesize unit texts and themes.
Summative and End-of-Course Assessments measure mastery of reading comprehension and literary analysis.
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Real-Time Classroom Management: In-Class and Remote Learning

  • Select and share individual, group, and whole class responses.
  • Track progress using embedded formative assessments.
  • Move seamlessly between online and in-person discussions.
  • Access all student work and teacher support at point of use.
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Pinpoint Learning Gaps

Save time with a range of built-in assessment and reporting tools.

  • Access automated and rubric-driven scoring for activities, discussions, and formative assessment—ALL within the lesson.
  • Tailor instructional planning, intervention, and enrichment based on actionable data from standards-based proficiency dashboards, reports, and item analysis.
  • Improve writing, speaking, and listening skills through customizable writing rubrics, discussion expectations, and automated participation tracking.
  • Customize reporting with drop-down menus and drill-down capabilities; export data to a wide range of learning platforms.