English Language Arts

The IFL's English language arts (ELA) units engage students as sense-makers and problem-solvers as they read, think, write, and talk about complex texts. Tasks invite students to dig deeply into individual texts and work across two or more texts. Units can be flexibly integrated into existing curricula.

What's in ELA units?

  • Overarching questions
  • Two or more complex texts
  • Text-based writing and speaking tasks that ask students to:
    • comprehend, interpret, and analyze each text
    • integrate ideas across texts
  • Formative and summative assessment tasks
  • Guidance for scoring assessment tasks

ELA units are designed to be educative for teachers. They include:

The IFL's ELA units can be used as:

We offer unit-specific professional development to help teachers use and learn from our instructional materials.

Elementary (K-5) ELA Units

  • Working with Informational Texts
  • Working with Literary Texts
  • Working across Informational and Literary Texts
See here for a unit preview

Secondary (6-12) ELA Units

  • Working with Informational Texts
  • Working with Literary Texts
  • Working across Informational and Literary Texts
See here for a unit preview
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