Athlos Academy uses EL Education’s language arts curriculum, a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real-world content and builds equitable and inclusive learning opportunities for all students. It supports all learners by including strategies for students not meeting grade-level standards, extensions for students ready for more challenge, and built-in supports for English language learners. Each grade level includes four modules, which span a full school year. The four modules allow students to build important content knowledge based on a compelling topic related to science, social studies, or literature. Each module uses rich, authentic texts throughout.
In addition, to build foundational reading skills, Athlos Academy utilizes the EL Education K-2 Skills Block curriculum, which is a structured phonics approach, grounded in the Phase Theory of Dr. Linnea Ehri, which describes behaviors related to the types of letter-sound connections students are able to make as they learn to read and write.
The Wit & Wisdom program includes opportunities to apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across a variety of tasks designed to grow students’ literacy skills over the course of the year, while providing options to differentiate for time where appropriate. The materials across the curriculum provide ample opportunities for students to build knowledge through content-rich, integrated reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language experiences. Students are supported in growing knowledge and vocabulary as they practice and apply skills in new texts and tasks. The materials include comprehensive instruction in writing, building research skills, and supporting students developing independent reading.
Regular benchmark assessments are used to track students’ progress towards grade-level standards, and intervention platforms and progress-monitoring tools are utilized on an individual basis to make sure all students are learning to read at grade level at a pace that is right for them.
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