ELA Units

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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.

Designed to be educative for teachers, our ELA units include

  • rationales for tasks;
  • guidance on how to differentiate tasks for the variety of learners in today's classrooms;
  • assistance on how to help students engage in the intellectual struggle of learning;
  • questions and tasks that help teachers assess and advance students' learning; and routines for generating and sustaining academically productive talk and collaboration.

The IFL's ELA units can be used as

  • high quality, cognitively demanding units to advance student learning and fill in gaps in existing curricula;
  • models of coherent and challenging units to advance educator learning; and
  • templates to guide the development and revision of curriculum at the school, district, or state level.