English Language Arts Curriculum
How we bring learning to life:
Urbandale Schools will bring English Language Arts learning to life for every student by expanding communication through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Students engage with a variety of complex texts as determined by qualitative, quantitative, and reader-task analysis.
Students increase engagement with informational text, specifically literary nonfiction.
Students further expand their reading comprehension by engaging in multiple texts around a topic to build knowledge.
Students engage regularly in close reading strategies to improve analysis and comprehension.
Students’ writing and speaking is grounded in evidence from the texts they engage with.
Students write frequently, for a variety of purposes, audiences, and duration.
All students, regardless of reading ability, will engage in grade-appropriate high-quality text to ensure rigor and access to all.
Appropriate scaffolding is provided to help students understand complex text, based on individual students’ needs.
Students apply their knowledge of grammar and academic vocabulary in their reading, writing, and speaking.
High-Quality Instructional Materials
Urbandale Community Schools is committed to providing our students high-quality standards-aligned instructional materials. The central approach to teaching literacy is text-based where students read closely to speak and write about what was read.
Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Foundational Skills: Really Great Reading
4th-5th Grade Foundational Skills: Word Connections
Kindergarten – 5th Grade Core Literacy: Wonders
Kindergarten-1st Grade Writing: Being a Writer
2nd-5th Grade Writing: Simplify Writing
6th-7th Grade English Language Arts: AmplifyELA
8th-11th English: myPerspectives
UCSD Board-Approved Curriculum
Detailed curriculum information by grade level is provided below. Click on each section to view the associated curriculum PDFs.
11th and 12th Grade Courses:
- American Literature and Writing
- Experiences in Literature and Writing I
- Creative Writing
- Lifelong Learner I
- Experiences in Literature and Writing II
- Sports Literature and Writing
- Lifelong Learner II
- Life Skills English
DMACC Courses/AP Courses:
- Advanced Composition I
- Advanced ComAdvanced Composition II
- Advanced Creative Writing
- Advanced Women Writers
- AP English Lit & Composition
- Public Speaking
Iowa Academic Literacy Standards – The Iowa Academic Literacy Standards were adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education and integrate the work of the State Standards Initiative with an additional seven standards that apply exclusively to Iowa schools. The standards are broken into the categories of English Language Arts for grades K-12 and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects for grades 6-12.