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New Product Review: Shmoop University’s Critical Reading and Writing for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product Review: Shmoop University’s Critical Reading and Writing for Texas Proclamation 2020

Are you looking for materials to support Practical Writing? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Shmoop Introduction to Critical Reading and Writing.

Shmoop University’s Critical Reading and Writing is intended for the high school Practical Writing course.  The goal of this fully digital program is to “provide fun, rigorous, materials that engage and challenge.”   

The material is comprised of a single unit containing ten lessons. It is intended to span three weeks, Students progress through the material independently and at their own pace. They may work through the course in any order, guided by the interactive table of contents.

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What Alignment Means

During our many conversations with publishers regarding instructional materials we have found that the statement “aligned to standards” means different things to different people. For example, the marketing director of a publishing company recently told us that “aligned to standards” in their marketing material means that their material generally addresses the concepts contained in the standards. In contrast, when we ask educators what they understand when they read that a material is “aligned to standards,” they repeatedly tell us they expect the material to address the content knowledge and skills the standards require students to learn.


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New Product: EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows Connecting with Literature for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows Connecting with Literature for Texas Proclamation 2020

Are your English teachers looking for an anthology that provides an abundance of reading material? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature.

EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature is a comprehensive English language arts program for grades 9-12 (English I-IV). The materials are available in print and digital form. Mirrors and Windows focuses on literature that “provides mirrors that help students reflect on their world and windows that lead them into new worlds.” Learning List recently reviewed the student and teacher editions of the eBooks and material linked within them.

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New Product: College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV for Texas Proclamation 2020

Do your English teachers need new instructional materials for Proclamation 2020? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV.

The College Board’s SpringBoard English I-IV is a comprehensive English language arts program for grades 9-12 (English I-IV). The materials are available in print and digital form. SpringBoard empowers students to take charge of their own learning and provides a learning experience that will support student success in AP courses.

The design of the material provides rigorous learning experiences with multiple assignments in each unit at the Apply level and above on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Materials focus on developing students’ skills in analyzing complex text, using close reading as an overarching strategy. Writing instruction is fully integrated with reading, listening, speaking, and thinking across each unit. Students consistently use strategies regularly seen in Pre-AP and AP courses, such as marking the text, OPTIC, SMELL, and TP-CASTT.

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New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature for High School ELA (CCSS)

New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature for High School ELA (CCSS)

Are your teachers ready for new ELA materials for high school?  Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature is a comprehensive literacy program that supports English language arts instruction for grades 9 through 12. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction develops students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking skills with learning activities that provide numerous opportunities and structures for effective group and partner work.

Into Literature integrates reading and writing instruction. The program provides an abundance of high-quality, thought provoking reading selections.  Text sets for each unit correlate to numerous themes and topics. Formal writing instruction occurs at the end of units and generally serves as a culminating task.

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New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Dimensions for NGSS

New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Dimensions for NGSS

Does your district need instructional materials to support implementation of the NGSS? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Dimensions.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Dimensions is a comprehensive science program for grades K-12. Learning List has reviewed the materials for middle school Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science. Science Dimensions provides relevant, real-world opportunities for students to work and think like scientists and engineers. The material supports the intention of the Next Generation Science Standards by consistently providing students with three-dimensional learning experiences, integrating the Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices with the Disciplinary Core Ideas.

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