Learning List recently reviewed Perfection Learning’s Connections, which was submitted for state adoption in Texas in response the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2019 call for K-8 English language arts and reading (ELAR) products aligned to the new ELAR Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Connections is a comprehensive product that supports ELAR instruction in grades 6-12. Content is available in print and digital formats. Learning List’s review is of resources for grades 6-8.
At each middle school grade level, Connections is organized in four units that address cross-curricular themes and center on an Essential Question. For example, the fourth unit at grade 7 considers the following Essential Question: “What does history teach us about ourselves?” Units include literary and informational texts related to the theme. Lexile levels for each selection are provided in teacher editions. [Read more…]
Instruction focuses on a close reading model in which students read each text three times for different purposes. Students have opportunities to write in response to reading selections as well as to develop speaking and listening skills. Margin notes prompt students to make connections across subject areas and unit texts and to reflect on what they have read. Instruction emphasizes annotating skills and reading selections in the student work text and include space for notes. eBooks contain a “My Thoughts” feature that allows students to enter notes in the margins of their text and interactive tools, such as graphic organizers, to help students organize their thinking.
About Perfection Learning*
For over 90 years, Perfection Learning® has been a leader in literature and language arts programs for grades 6-12. These programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the demands of Common Core and state standards. K-8 reading/language arts solutions include hybrid print/digital handwriting and spelling programs, nonfiction reading, and intervention programs in reading and math.
The company provides cutting-edge digital physics programs for high school and higher education. Designed for 21st century learners, Kinetic Physics incorporates video and electronic whiteboard lessons; interactive problems, activities, and digital tools; and a robust online assessment and course management system.
*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Perfection Learning.