The North American Division Elementary English Language Arts Standards (2013) form the basis for the Language Arts program. They are also available from AdventSource (two folders, one for Reading and one for Writing/Speaking & Listening/Language).

Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Stepping Stones: A Journey to Excellence through Discovery is an integrated curriculum that utilizes literature-based themes with strong spiritual connections so children may come to know God better and love him more.

Grades 1–8

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Student Materials

Anchor Texts

An anchor text is featured in each thematic unit and has been chosen for text complexity, based on Lexile levels and qualitative features. Consideration was also given to the following criteria: global issues, diversity, developmental appropriateness, content knowledge, rich and varied vocabulary, fitting illustrations, and quality writing. Each student will need a copy.

Guided Reading

Each school, in consultation with the local conference, should select a Guided Reading program to follow. Reading A-Z is the only leveled reader company on this list that includes a guided reading program (format). The other leveled readers listed may be used in conjunction with the school’s selected program.

Reading A-Z provides a wide range of leveled readers. Order information can be found on the Online Resources page of the Adventist Education Technology website.

A Reason for Reading by The Concerned Group offers nearly 100 leveled books featuring Scripture and Values. Each title has a detailed Teacher Guide. Teachers can preview each page of every book by visiting The Concerned Group website.

Pearson Scott Foresman Online Leveled Readers offers downloadable titles for K-6. There are thousands of downloadable titles in the reading, social studies, and science collections for grades K-6.

Writer’s Handbook

Both teachers and students will use the Writer’s Handbook for mini-lessons and as a reference for language, writing, conventions, and other skills. There are handbooks for 1st–2nd grades, 3rd–4th grades, and 5th–8th grades. Each student will need a copy.

Phonemic Awareness/Phonics

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics instruction are included in the Daily Lesson Guides. There is no need to purchase an additional phonics program.

Teacher Materials

Daily Lesson Guides

A Daily Lesson Guide is provided for each theme. It contains a day-to-day plan for instruction and assessments for teaching each component of the literacy blocks (Word Study, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop). Each teacher will need a copy of each Daily Lesson Guide.

Teacher Manual

The Teacher Manual begins with the Adventist worldview and language arts philosophy. It continues with information for successful integration of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. It also adds information on working with diverse learners and the home-school partnership. An appendix provides many resources teachers may utilize. Each teacher will need a copy.

Writer’s Handbook

Both teachers and students will use the Writer’s Handbook for mini-lessons and as a reference for language, writing, conventions, and other skills. Handbooks for 1st–2nd grades, 3rd–4th grades, and 5th–8th grades. Each teacher will need a copy.

Phonemic Awareness/Phonics

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics instruction are included in the Daily Lesson Guides. There is no need to purchase an additional phonics program.

Poetry

Poetry is used throughout the themes, thus it is recommended that a copy of the Random House Book of Poetry for Children be provided for each school.

Basic Reading Inventory

Basic Reading Inventory: Pre-primer Through Grade 12 and Early Literacy Assessments, Ninth Edition. This resource by Jerry L. Johns contains informal assessment tools for examining a variety of reading behaviors. This resource, or one with similar assessments, is recommended for Individual Reading Inventory assessment.

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Language Arts Curriculum

Pathways Website

Pathways 2.0: Journey to Excellence through Literacy is built on the Adventist world view and incorporates appropriately complex texts that will engage the children while incorporating research-based skills and strategies that enable them to become life-long learners. Note that due to their specific developmental needs, first and second graders must be taught at grade level.

Features Include:

  • 30% new anchor texts
  • Standards-based instruction
  • Comprehensive Daily Lesson Guide (DLG) for each anchor text
  • Biblically-based essential questions and big ideas that focus on the theme

Also integrated:

  • Spiritual Applications that help students make good choices in life as well as in reading content
  • Reading Strategies that foster inquiry, systematic instruction and the ability to read, comprehend and apply complex text
  • Reading Motivation that helps students develop a lifelong passion for reading
  • Writing Instruction that supports and encourages writing practice for different purposes and audiences
  • Word Study is embedded in the program though systematic, daily practice in phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary and spelling
  • Spelling, Handwriting and Grammar skills that systematically address the specific developmental level of each student
  • Variety of Assessment Tools
  • Classroom Management that includes whole-class, small group, and individual student activities.Sentences skills—usage, punctuation, and grammar

The scope and sequence at each grade level is organized around five target areas:

  1. Extended reading and writing
  2. Comprehending, studying, and evaluating ideas
  3. Reference skills
  4. Word study
  5. Sentences skills—usage, punctuation, and grammar

Pathways instruction focuses on four overlapping instructional components:

  1. Anchor texts and Daily Lesson Guides
  2. Word Study
  3. Reading Workshop
  4. Writing Workshop

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