Posts about English Language Arts

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

What's Inside: ELA Unit Launches

November 19, 2020

How do you most efficiently internalize the content for a new ELA unit, so you are prepared for the real-time decision making required when you are in front of your class? Unit Launches are here to help.

The Case for Whole Texts in a Remote World

October 28, 2020

When instruction is remote, is it worth it to worry about whether students are still reading whole texts?

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.