Reading/English Language Arts

Frequently Asked Reading/English Language Arts Questions:

What are the District programs for Reading/English Language Arts (ELA)?

  • HMH Journeys (K-5)- CA approved Common Core curriculum for ELA K - 5th.
  • StudySync (6-8) - CA approved Common Core curriculum for ELA 6 - 8th.

  • Thinking Maps - A research based system of organizing and being explicit about thought processes.

  • Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum - A 6-12 writing curriculum developed by California State University (CSU) system focused on Informational Text and preparing students for college level writing. 

How do I access the online textbook and resources for my child?

ThinkCentral

K-5th Grade ELA curriculum on-line

6-8th Grade ELA Curriculum On-line

K-8

  • Reading/English Language Arts textbook and resources can be accessed through the Google dashboard

    • Students must be logged into their school Google account.

    • Go to https://gsuite.google.com/dashboard

    • Scroll down to the bottom

      • Think Central (K-5)

      • McGraw Hill: Connected Ed (6-8)

2-8

Google Classroom

 

Using their district account and the class code provided by the teacher (one time), students can access assignments and ask questions to the teacher.

What are the standards that my child is expected to learn?

Standards by Grade Level Span
K - 2 Grade Standards
3 - 5 Grade Standards
6 - 8 Grade Standards

CA Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

Brochures for Parents/Guardians 
These brochures on the ELA/literacy standards provide parent/guardians insights into what their children are learning as they progress through the grade levels. The brochures also offer suggestions for parents/guardians to support their students’ learning and a list of additional resources.

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How can I help my child?

In which area does your child need help?

Reading Skills

  • NewsELA - NewsELA provides current news articles that can be instantly leveled to a student’s Lexile level. To check comprehension of the reading selection, basic comprehension questions are asked after each reading. A short answer response is also included. This resource is integrated with Google Classroom.
  • ReadWorks* - ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels in Reading Informational Text and Reading Literacy.

  • CommonLit* - CommonLit is a curated collection of paired texts for students to engage with. By finding authentic texts that meet students at their interest levels, students can effortlessly practice reading and comprehension skills.  

*This site and tool has not been approved for our district per the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).

Letter Sounds/Phonics

  • Starfall - Starfall “motivates children in an atmosphere of imagination and play. The teacher-guided and child-directed nature of our curriculum products ensures English language learners and struggling readers learn alongside their peers.”

  • ABC Phonics - This playlist of phonics sounds will engage emerging readers with lively videos. By practicing along, students will develop and refine phonics sounds.

  • ABC Mouse*- The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full ABCmouse.com curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 850 lessons in ten levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by ABCmouse.com's Tickets and Rewards System.

 

*This site and tool has not been approved for our district per the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).

Writing

Writing City - Writing CIty fuses best practices such as the 6 traits of writing, Writer’s Workshop, Multiple Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy. This comprehensive program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence.

Grammar Skills

  • Khan Academy* - Khan Academy is a free platform that contains expert-created content and resources for every course and level. With Khan Academy, students can be in class even when class isn’t in session! This resource is integrated with Google Classroom.
  • Quill.org - Quill is an intelligent writing tutor that provides instant individualized responses to student work. By working with Quill, students can practice standards-based skills and improve their writing and grammar. This resource is integrated with Google Classroom.

  • BrainPOP- BrainPOP contains interactive videos that help to introduce and reinforce grammar skills. After engaging with the video content, students can practice skills with the provided resources and activities.

  • MobyMax* - MobyMax is an intelligent tutor that helps promote academic success in many different arenas. By going through the grammar modules, students gain instant feedback and practice with grammar skills. This resource is integrated with Google Classroom.

  • Flocabulary- A learning program for all that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum.

*This site and tool has not been approved for our district per the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).

Keyboarding/Typing Skills

  • The Typing Club - Learn touch typing online using TypingClub’s free typing courses It includes 650 typing games, typing games, typing tests and videos. This resource is integrated with Google Classroom.
  • Typing.com* - This free typing tutor builds basic typing skills. As students progress through the levels, they gain practice with typing with the correct fingers. Interactive games also are present to further engage and practice typing skills. This resource is integrated with Google Classroom.

*This site and tool has not been approved for our district per the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).