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.
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
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.