Instructional Materials

What Learning List’s Reviews Tell Educators

Learning List’s three professional reviews provide a multi-faceted perspective of each material:

Three Reviews
  • Spec Sheet – provides an overview of the material’s key instructional features and technology compatibility.  We test the key instructional components of each material to identify which devices and operating systems the material works on, as well as other interoperability information. This review helps educators eliminate from consideration products that clearly will not meet their students’ instructional needs or work with the district’s technology infrastructure and hardware.
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New Product: StrongMind’s Texas English Language Arts for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: StrongMind’s Texas English Language Arts for Texas Proclamation 2020

Is your district looking for digital instructional materials for high school English?  Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of StrongMind’s Texas English Language Arts.

StrongMind’s Texas English Language Arts is a comprehensive English language arts program for grades 9-12 (English I-IV). The materials are fully digital. StrongMind Courseware focuses on delivering a powerful and engaging learning experience.  Materials are organized topically and/or thematically in a logical sequence. 

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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: BetterRhetor’s College-Ready Writing Essentials for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: BetterRhetor’s College-Ready Writing Essentials for Texas Proclamation 2020

Is your district looking for a product to improve argumentative writing? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of BetterRhetor’s College-Ready Writing Essentials.

BetterRhetor’s College-Ready Writing Essentials (CRWE) is writing-based program for grades 11 and 12 (English III and IV). The program focuses on preparing students for the writing, skills, and behaviors they will be expected to demonstrate in college. The program is the same for students in English III and English IV.

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New Product: McGraw-Hill’s StudySync English I-IV for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: McGraw-Hill’s StudySync English I-IV for Texas Proclamation 2020

Does your district want to adopt a high school ELA product that allows students to choose the texts they read? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of McGraw-Hill’s StudySync.

McGraw-Hill’s StudySync is a comprehensive literacy program that supports English language arts instruction for grades 6 -12. Content is available in print and digital formats. Learning List recently reviewed the material for English I-IV. The program focuses on developing students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities while making connections outside the classroom.

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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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