Posts about English Language Arts

Learn about our curriculum, take a deep dive into some of its features, and much more.

Using Essential Questions to Guide Your Planning Priorities

by Anne Lyneis

August 12, 2020

Each Fishtank ELA unit is built around a series of engaging and thought-provoking essential questions. Learn how to use these questions to prioritize your planning for the coming school year.

Are We Forgetting About Fluency?

by Anne Lyneis

July 29, 2020

Foundational reading skills aren't just for early elementary grades. Reading fluency is a critical skill for upper elementary and middle school students, and directly impacts their capacity for reading comprehension. Explore fluency protocols that can help your students sharpen these skills year-round.

Finding and Teaching the Complexity in Read-Aloud Texts

by Anne Lyneis

July 22, 2020

Avoid a classroom (or computer screen) full of blank stares with this guide to unpacking the complexity of read aloud texts and providing supports and scaffolds to help students build understanding.

Teaching Complex Texts During a Complex Year

by Anne Lyneis

July 22, 2020

With students out of school for months, you may worry that complex grade-level texts will be out of their reach, but with the right preparation and supports instruction is both possible and much richer.

Coming Soon: New and Updated Units for Middle School English

July 8, 2020

Curriculum Director Caroline Gambell shares her thoughts on two new units will join our Middle School English curriculum for the coming school year—Expressing Yourself: Women in the Arts and Claiming Our Place: Queer Experiences in the United States.