Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts

A research- and standards-based curriculum for secondary students to learn language arts with age-appropriate novels like Holes and Number the Stars

Product Features:
  • Highlights persuasive writing, grammar, vocabulary, literacy comprehension, listening skills, and research
  • A multiyear curriculum that aligns with state standards and national standards
  • Research proves high success for teaching grade-level standards to students with an intellectual disability or autism
  • 15 pieces of popular literature have been modified with simplified story lines, repeated text, and symbol support
  • Includes four theme-based units of study with eight individual lessons within each unit: change, values and decision making, social justice, global awareness
  • Offers three literacy levels for least intrusive prompting: object/photo, concrete symbols, written text

Product Name Item No. Price Qty
Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts Curriculum TE-LA10W $349.00
Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts Curriculum Plus TE-LA40W $699.00
Teaching to Standards: ELA Extension Book TE-LAE02W $29.00
Right On Reader, Book 1 TE-LAR01W $34.00
Right On Reader, Book 2 TE-LAR02W $34.00
Daily Writing Journal Student Workbook - 10 Pack TE-LADC01W $69.00
  • grade_6-12
  • Differentiated Instruction
    Differentiated Instruction

    This product integrates individualized student objectives to encourage active participation and access to learning.

  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.

  • Research Based
    Research Based

    This product uses highly effective instructional strategies supported by research to promote student learning and progress.

  • Standards Alignment
    Standards Alignment

    This product aligns to both state and Common Core standards.



Research demonstrates high effectiveness with teaching skills that align to grade-level standards.

This curriculum provides materials at three literacy levels: object/photo, symbols, and text. Skill areas include persuasive writing, elements of story grammar, and research endeavors. The authors adapted 15 popular works (like Holes, Number the Stars, and Dragonwings) into simplified text with repeated story lines and symbol supports. Genres include fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poetry. 

The 32 progressive lessons are scripted and incorporate evidencebased teaching procedures. They are organized into four units: Change, Values and Decision Making, Social Justice, and Global Awareness. These themes help students grasp the big ideas as well as specific ELA skills.

The curriculum seamlessly integrates traditional formats, like books and manipulatives, with the software and iPad app. This blended approach helps you to teach all students effectively and creates an engaging learning process. In the software and app, students explore eight works of literature through a five-step instructional sequence: preview, vocabulary, read the book, comprehension questions, and story sequence. 

The curriculum now comes with two new components, including the consumable Daily Writing Journal Student Workbook and the Task Analysis Teacher Extension Book

Curriculum Includes: The Implementation Guide, Alignment to Standards booklet, two Teacher’s Guides, one Assessment Response Book, one Student Response Book, Right On Readers 1 and 2, one Daily Writing Journal Student Book, one consumable Daily Writing Journal Student Workbook, graphic organizers, 250 teaching cards, PDFs on disc with a classroom license for printouts, a Task Analysis Teacher Extension Book, and the Access Language Arts Software and iPad App. 

Curriculum Plus Includes: the Teaching to Standards: ELA Curriculum plus a total of 10 consumable Daily Writing Journal Student Workbooks, the GoWorksheet Maker iPad App, a set of GoWorksheet activities, samples of communications overlays, four sets of the Right On Readers, and one copy of Holes, We Beat the Street, The Outsiders, Number the Stars, and Dragonwings.


Supporting Research Articles:

Mims, P. J., Hudson, M., & Browder, D. M. (2012). The effects of systematic instruction on teaching comprehension skills during a biography to students with significant intellectual disabilities. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 27, 67–80.


Mims, P. J., Lee, A., Browder, D. M., Zakas, T., & Flynn, S. (2012). The effects of a treatment package to facilitate English/language arts learning for middle school students with moderate to severe disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 47, 414-425.


Stanger, C., Mims, P., Wood, L., & Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., (2016). Supporting Literacy Achievements for Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism through Curricular Programs that Incorporate Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 10 (1).


Related Research Articles:

  • Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts References
  • Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts Appendix A: Research Summary
  • Additional Info

    Additional Info

    Subject English Language Arts, Literacy
    Age Group Secondary
    Author Pamela J. Mims, PhD; Angel Lee, PhD; Tracie-Lynn Zakas, PhD; Diane M. Browder, PhD.
    Format Blended
    Copyright 2013

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