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 supplies a Student Edition and Teacher Edition, in print and digital form, for each grade level. You can supplement the basic curriculum with additional materials.
Here are examples of our core and supplemental ELA materials:
The Student Edition, in print and online, is the core textbook.
The annotated Teacher Edition, in print and online, has teacher support woven throughout.
Language Workshops are an integrated support dedicated to building academic language proficiency in all students, including English language learners.
Close Reading Workshops offer a deep dive into this crucial skill.
Writing Workshops give students focused instruction and practice in multiple writing modes.
Additional ELA Tools and Supports
SpringBoard Digital users also have access to these resources:
- Zinc Learning Labs is an online library of nonfiction and fiction texts with gamified vocabulary development.
- Turnitin Revision Assistant gives students automated feedback on essay drafts.
Our Approach to Reading
In SpringBoard ELA, we move right into compelling texts—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, visuals, and film—and give you tools, supports, and pedagogical approaches that will help students engage with the content.
We believe that reading, writing, speaking, and listening should all be learned together. You’ll see examples of our integrated approach throughout our materials. And we put a special focus on close reading, giving students strategies and structure for developing this key skill.
Here are just a few examples of SpringBoard features that support reading instruction.
Close Reading Routines
In Returning to the Text, students are asked to reread the material and answer text-dependent questions that build analysis and understanding of the text.
Working from the Text uses tasks and graphic organizers to help students move to more productive work in which they apply and extend what they’ve learned from the text.
SpringBoard Digital includes audio recordings of selected texts.
Text Complexity Measures
The Teacher Edition gives you a summary of the complexity of each text, including Lexile.
SpringBoard inspires independent reading and encourages students to choose texts they want to teach. Independent reading lists, links, and checkpoints are included in every unit at every grade level.
In addition, our partnership with Zinc Learning Labs provides an ever-growing library of independent reading options. Teachers and students can select from a range of fiction and nonfiction texts, as well as magazine and newspaper articles and visual texts.
Here are just a few examples of SpringBoard features that support independent reading:
The “Planning the Unit” section in the Teacher Edition gives suggestions for independent reading titles that relate to the unit theme and range across genres, lexiles, and topics.
Zinc Learning Labs, an online platform free to SpringBoard users, offers a large selection of supplemental texts specifically chosen to use with SpringBoard ELA.
Our Approach to Writing
SpringBoard ELA features writing instruction in all the major modes of writing, emphasizing narrative, argumentative, and explanatory/expository. Grammar and usage exercises are attached to reading and writing tasks, and each embedded assessment features a writing task. Our writing workshops offer additional support for direct writing instruction.
Here are just a few examples of SpringBoard features that support writing instruction:
Focus on the Sentence tasks help students process content while also practicing the craft of writing powerful sentences.
Our stand-alone Writing Workshops can supplement SpringBoard ELA or be used on their own, with any ELA curriculum.
Language Checkpoints offer in-depth practice with standard English conventions and usage and guide students to revise sample sentences as well as their work.
Turnitin Revision Assistant gives automated feedback to students based on our Embedded Assessments so they can polish their draft before handing it in.
Vocabulary is threaded throughout each unit and developed over the course of a year. SpringBoard features multiple ways to teach vocabulary, including in-text definitions and callouts for academic vocabulary and literary terms.
Here are just a few examples of SpringBoard features that support vocabulary instruction:
Callouts in the margins of the print and digital textbooks give definitions of new academic terms where they appear.
Word Connections callouts give information on related words, cognates, and etymology.
Support for lesson planning is provided in the Planning the Unit sections and the Plan section of the Teacher Edition. Before you start the unit, you’ll review a list of unit resources, a guide to pacing, AP and college readiness callouts, and more.
Here are just a few examples of SpringBoard features that support teacher planning:
AP/College Readiness callouts map the unit activities to the skills and knowledge they develop.
Detailed Instructional Pathways help teachers thoughtfully plan the best way to approach the unit in response to students’ learning needs.
A rich library of tools, resources, and supports lets teachers adapt their instruction for all students, including special education and English learners, and advanced and struggling students.
Features to help you adapt instruction include supplemental ELD materials, a Spanish-English glossary, routines for teaching foundational skills, and suggestions for additional assignments for students who are ready to go further.
Here are just a few examples of SpringBoard features that support differentiation:
Leveled Differentiated Instruction callouts give you tips for adjusting the lesson for various student groups.
Language Workshops are dedicated to building academic language proficiency in all students, including English language learners. The Workshops deliver grade-level ELA content and tasks through the lens of developing students’ academic language skills.
Graphic organizers help students break down meaning and structure, giving all student groups another entry point to close reading skills.
Each unit is built around embedded assessments that drive the instructional pathway and give students and teachers a clear destination so they can “begin with the end in mind.” These come with scoring support for teachers including scoring guides and student examples.
And throughout the unit, you’ll find multiple opportunities for additional formative and summative assessments of progress, such as Check Your Understanding sections and writing prompts.
Here are just a few examples of assessment in SpringBoard units:
Each unit is built around one or two Embedded Assessments.
Check Your Understanding sections are quick formative assessments.