SpringBoard English Language Arts is a core curriculum for all students in grades 6–12. It's a complete instructional program, aligned to state standards, that gives you everything you need to get your students ready for college-level work.
The program offers texts, activities, assessments, and a wide range of tools and resources that support teachers while giving them the flexibility to teach their way.
SpringBoard ELA materials, assessments, and professional learning are comprehensively aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and each activity is clearly labeled 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 also meets the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). The program supports English language learners (ELL) with:
- Notes on ELL differentiation in the Planning the Unit section of the Teacher Edition.
- Embedded strategies that support ELL instruction such as classroom Word Walls, Graphic Organizers, and activating prior knowledge.
- Explicit, direct writing instruction.
- Opportunities to help English language learners practice effective communication, such as collaborative activities.
SpringBoard ELA is also aligned with the SAT: The SpringBoard program focuses on the same critical 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.
- SpringBoard Digital, our award-winning digital platform, takes interactive learning even further.