Grade 1 English Language Arts

CKLA Office Hours

Core Knowledge will be holding Office Hours for K-2 Monday April 7th from 3:30-4:30. The primary purpose of this Office Hours session is to present some tools that are being developed around CKLA, in conjunction with the NYSED-contracted ELL specialist Diane August, to support diverse learners within the Skills Strand of CKLA.

To attend Office Hours please follow this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HHK6W5X. Once you register, you will receive a follow-up log in email the morning of the Office Hours event. We will also send a follow-up recording to all who register, so please do sign up, even if you are unsure that you can make the live presentation.


Listening and Learning Strand Skills Strand Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading (GRAIR)
The Listening and Learning Strand consists of a series of read‐alouds organized by topics (called domains), many of which are informational in nature. The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read‐alouds. The Skills Strand teaches the mechanics of reading–students are taught systematic and explicit phonics instruction as their primary tool for decoding written English. By the end of grade 2, students have learned all of the sound‐spelling correspondences in the English language and are able to decode written material they encounter. In addition to phonics, students also are taught spelling, grammar, and writing during the Skills Strand. 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, 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.

Merging the CCSS with Existing Literacy Practices

General Overview of Listening and Learning

General Overview of Skills

CKLA Grade 1 Unit-by-Unit CCSS Alignment

Printing Specifications 

Visual Component Guide

Date Contributed: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012