Fishtank ELA is aligned to the key shifts called for by the Common Core to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college, career, and life.
Rather than focusing on discrete skills, Fishtank ELA focuses on ensuring that students have regular practice with complex text and academic language. As students progress through the Fishtank ELA curriculum, they build on the strategies learned in previous grades to tackle increasingly complex texts and tasks.
Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts is at the heart of all Fishtank ELA units. All questions and tasks within Fishtank ELA are rooted in the texts students read, requiring students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade to answer questions based on careful attention to the text, learning how to craft arguments, and present information clearly.
While engaging with complex text, students build knowledge of the world around them. This knowledge develops from grade to grade, as students rely on the knowledge they’ve built in previous grades to access increasingly complex texts and tasks in later grades.