English Language Arts

Student in classroomNew York State ELA Curriculum

Authentic Reading Materials

These modules include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.

As always, curriculum decisions are made at the local level.

Text List for P-12 ELA

The Text List for P-12 ELA contains all the full-length books, articles, excerpts and other texts to be used in the ELA curriculum modules on EngageNY.

New York State ELA Curriculum for Grades Pre-K-2

The New York State ELA Curriculum for grades Pre-K-2 is made up of three components: the Listening and Learning strand and Skills strand (from the Core Knowledge Language Arts-New York Edition) and Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading.

The Listening and Learning strand lessons, comprised of teacher read-alouds, class discussion, vocabulary work, and extension activities, build on the research finding that students’ listening comprehension outpaces their reading comprehension throughout elementary school. These read-alouds and exercises are organized in 11 to 12 domains (units) per grade. Each domain is dedicated to a particular topic, and the class stays focused on that topic or theme for 10 to 15 days of instruction. The domains build on each other within and across grades.

The Skills strand teaches reading and writing. Children practice blending (reading) and segmenting (spelling) using the sound spellings they have learned through a synthetic phonics approach. Handwriting, spelling, and the writing process are also presented in the Skills strand.

Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading (GRAIR) is additional literacy time within the school day where teachers can work with students in developmentally appropriate groupings to meet their individual needs. This is an opportunity for the favorite traditional read aloud work, literacy based centers, and immersion in text, where teachers can facilitate student choice from existing leveled libraries based on interest, availability, and readability. The purpose of this time is to build independent, interested, and capable readers.

Beginning in Spring 2013, NYSED will be posting the CKLA-NY revised Core Knowledge Curriculum for P-2 as they are completed. Some are currently posted. The 2010 Core Knowledge version will still be available, but the Common Core aligned and updated version is recommended for use with students beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. The CKLA-NY is clearly aligned to the Common Core, and there are differences in content, rigor, and pacing. The CKLA-NY also includes Supplemental Guides for Listening and Learning, and Assessment and Remediation Guides for the Skills Strands for purposes of differentiation and support. It is also important to note that NYS has added the critical GRAIR component to the Curriculum, described above.

New York State ELA Curriculum Modules for Grades 3-12

The New York State Grades 3-12 ELA curricula include six modules that focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking in response to high-quality texts. Each module is intended to last a quarter of a school year; the addition of two extra modules allows for teacher choice throughout the year. The modules will sequence and scaffold content that is aligned to the CCLS for ELA & Literacy and the PARCC Frameworks. Each module will culminate in an end-of-module performance task, aligned to the PARCC Frameworks, which can provide information to educators on whether students in their classrooms are achieving the standards. Modules may include several units and each unit may include a set of sequenced, coherent progressions of learning experiences that build knowledge and understanding of major concepts. They will also include daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies, examples of proficient student work, and other classroom resources.