ELA/Literacy Curriculum Overview

The current ELA / Literacy curriculum for grades JK-8 was collaboratively created several years ago by educators and district leaders using a combination of standards-aligned curricular materials designed to develop critical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The bulk of texts and tasks in grades 3-8 are from the Expeditionary Learning (E.L.) curriculum, in addition to guided reading and writing from Fountas & Pinnell, Lucy Calkins and teacher-generated units. JK-K curriculum is primarily composed of the “FOCUS” curriculum, with explicit phonics instruction through Wilson Fundations or TLA. In grades 1 and 2, educators implement resources and practices from Fountas & Pinnell, Lucy Calkins and teacher-generated units, in addition to explicit daily phonics instruction from Wilson Fundations or TLA.

Note: A curriculum review and adoption process is currently underway in grades 6-8. The elementary curriculum review process is scheduled to begin in September, 2024.
Related Links
ELA/Literacy Educator Coaching
ELA Content by Grade
ELA Curriculum Site (For Staff)
CPS Literacy Curriculum Review [Process Overview]
i-Ready Personalized Learning [Overview]
Fishtank Learning

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Cambridge, MA 02141
Fax: 617.349.6517

Emily Bryan, English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Katherine Simpson, Elementary District Literacy Coach
Katie Gribben, Interim Upper School District Literacy Coach
Sarah Foleno, Upper School District Literacy Coach
Kelley Leary, ELA Clerk
Jennifer Hamilton, Dean of Curriculum & Program, English (Learning Community C) CRLS

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