SpringBoard English Language Arts encourages students to take charge of their learning, supports teachers with useful resources, and gets students ready for state assessments, college entrance exams, and college-level work.
Based on the Understanding by Design model, SpringBoard ELA offers an instructional pathway built around embedded assessments that are mapped to AP and college readiness standards.
Alignment to Standards, AP, and the SAT
SpringBoard ELA materials, assessments, and professional learning are comprehensively aligned to college and career readiness standards, and each activity is clearly labeled in the Teachers Edition with the standards it addresses. In SpringBoard Digital, teachers can use the Correlations Viewer to search by standard for the lessons and activities that address it. Learning Targets in the Student Edition present the standards in student-friendly language.
SpringBoard ELA is also aligned with AP course content as well as the skills and knowledge that the SAT assesses.
A focus on active learning is one of the most important features of SpringBoard. Activities and Embedded Assessments are designed to foster classroom collaboration, discussion, and debate, and help students practice presenting, speaking, and listening.
For example, SpringBoard activities might use any of these learning strategies:
- Discussion Groups: Students are given a structure and guidance for considering a topic or text in a small group.
- Socratic Seminar: In a structured group discussion, students explore a question, topic, or text and practice using textual evidence to support a claim.
- Literature Circles: Students are assigned a variety of roles while reading a text in a group.
The activities challenge students to uncover the meaning of a text on their own. For example, students read Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail" without doing intensive prereading for context. This approach engages students in discovering the story of the text: who wrote it, why they wrote it, and what it means.
Resources with Purpose
SpringBoard ELA gives you instructional materials and resources that have been proven effective in the classroom, along with teacher guidance that’s always flexible, so you can adapt lessons to your needs.
In addition to the ELA books, we offer primary and supplemental materials to help you adapt and expand your ELA instruction, such as:
- Close Reading Workshops offer a deep dive into the skill of reading with deliberate attention to purpose, audience, language, and tone.
- Writing Workshops give students focused instruction and practice in different writing modes.
- Zinc Learning Labs, an online library of supplemental texts for independent reading, including interactive games to build vocabulary, is free to SpringBoard users.
- Turnitin Revision Assistant gives students automated feedback on essay drafts to help them revise their writing, and help teachers track student progress.
- SpringBoard Digital, our award-winning digital platform, takes interactive learning even further.