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K-12 English Language Arts Curricula

Version 3.0

TUSD 3.0 Curriculum is a refinement of prior versions based on feedback, AZ Merit blueprints and Unitary Status Plan requirements.

English Language Arts - Version 3.0
For the 2016-2017 School Year

Student Standards: Incorporating the Anti-bias Framework in the Classroom (in PDF)

How to Use ELA Version 3.0 Documents (in PDF)

How to Use ELA Units (in PDF)

TUSD K-5 Integrated Literacy Continuum (in PDF)

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade
Ninth Grade
Tenth Grade
Eleventh Grade
Twelfth Grade

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Michelle Merrick
K-5 Professional Academic Trainer
(520) 225-4971

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Beth Slaine
6-12 Professional Academic Trainer
(520) 225-4959

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Michelle Mathews
Senior ELA Coordinator
(520) 225-4942

Grades K-5

TUSD provides a culturally relevant, literacy based approach to reading and writing at all grade levels. The curricula align with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (AZCCRS) and prepare students for level grade level appropriate assessments. Students, even in the early grades, are focused readers and writers.

Guided reading provides an opportunity for all students to get individual instruction and practice at their appropriate levels. Additionally, this approach to literacy allows students to read and write independently and in groups.

Teachers read aloud to students to develop listening comprehension, reading fluency, and language development. Parents can help their students advance by reading aloud with their children for just twenty minutes a day. Why you can't skip your twenty minutes each day!

Another way to build students' literacy skills is writing at home. Below are ten ways students can write daily to become more proficient writers

  1. Write your grocery list.
  2. Take phone messages.
  3. Write a letter to a family member or neighbor.
  4. Write a to-do list.
  5. Write a list of favorites (flowers, cookies, lunches, animals...)
  6. Write a short journal entry about what they did that day.
  7. Write a gratitude list.
  8. Fill out the weekly schedule on a calendar.
  9. Write a thank you note.
  10. Write an email or text.

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." --Helen Keller

Grades 6-12

Students learn best when they are actively engaged with rigorous and relevant lessons that are taught and assessed by highly qualified and caring teachers. The English Language Arts (ELA) curricula are driven by standards-based learning outcomes and measured by aligned assessments that inform instruction. The curricula are designed to explore big ideas, essential questions, and promote enduring understandings. Technology is integrated into the curricula to promote 21st Century skills that help students solve real-life, complex problems.

The Office of Curriculum Development designs, aligns, articulates, and assesses curricula that support academically rigorous learning for all students. In addition, the curricula integrate college and career readiness skills and include culturally relevant practices. Curriculum development is an ongoing process. We will review and revise the curricula regularly to meet the changing demands of our students and community.

"The Common Core standards are not a panacea; much depends on the curricula that states and districts select to implement them."

--Charles Upton Shaw (4/20/2014)