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Connections: English Language Arts

Grades 6–12

Literature Based Learning

  • Reading success begins with great literature—an outstanding selection paired with a thought-provoking essential question sets the context.
  • Each reading of a selection has a purpose and employs a targeted reading or analysis skill.
  • Using textual evidence, students apply the skill through discussion, collaborative activities, and writing.

Outstanding Literature

High-interest themes and thought-provoking essential questions in areas such as

  • Current events—diversity in society; equality and justice; knowing right from wrong; trusting what you hear, see, and read; the impact of technology on jobs; the costs of innovation.
  • Themes—family, decisions, story-telling, horror, journey, freedom, identity and the forces that shape us, physical appearance, crime and punishment.
  • Culture and History—the Native American experience, how history shapes us, how ideas bring about change, the impact of war, the role of women over time.

Research-Based Instructional Design

The step-by-step lesson design is focused on a single learning objective and carefully scaffolded to maximize student success.

  • Text-based questions focus students' reading attention.
  • Easy-to-use tools allow students to collect textual evidence as they read.
  • Graphic organizers help students analyze evidence.
  • Small group, large group, and online discussion activities encourage a collaborative, inclusive learning experience.
  • Real-time progress monitoring checks understanding and pinpoints learning gaps.

Writing and Language Minilessons

In-depth instructional support, practice, and assessment for writing genres including narrative, argumentative, expository, and research. Comprehensive support for all language standards. Minilessons feature

  • Short, focused instruction.
  • Models, rubrics, and reference tables.
  • Guided instruction and practice.
  • ELL and differentiation support.
  • Online and printable practice and assessment.
  • Writing and language print resources are available. Additional details

Flexible implementation

Comprehensive standards coverage and a modular design permits easy integration into your curriculum; select exactly what you need for your students.

  • Interactive editions with writing and language eBook skills support feature a range of learning tools to improve comprehension, close reading and text analysis, writing, and discussion and collaboration.
  • Print resources include Connections English Language Arts Student Edition and Teacher Edition, Writing & Language Student Handbook and Teacher Edition, and consumable Writing Practice and Language Practice skillbooks.