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Every grade-level course in SpringBoard ELA involves an in-depth study of one novel and one play, with an emphasis on close reading and literary analysis. SpringBoard selects specific texts for study but also allows teachers to choose their own texts that they know will work for their students.

Every course is divided into themed units; four in each middle school course and five in each high school course. Each grade-level course features a novel unit and a drama unit, with a variety of text types in the remaining units.

Each unit takes about six to eight weeks and guides students through close reading of multiple texts. Students complete 15 to 20 class-length activities per unit.

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As in AP course frameworks, SpringBoard instruction is organized into four phases: Plan, Teach, Assess, and Adapt.

Plan: Support for planning your lessons is offered at the beginning of each unit and throughout each activity.

Teach: As you guide your students through the activities, you’ll find features that help students engage with and master the content.

Assess: Each unit is built around performance-based Embedded Assessments designed to measure student mastery of skills and knowledge, and includes other opportunities for you to check progress.

Adapt: You may adjust instruction in response to the work your students produce.

Sample Units

The flipbooks linked below contain sample units or partial units from SpringBoard English Language Arts Teacher Editions. Explore them to get a closer look at the SpringBoard curriculum, resources, and strategies.

ELA Sample: Grade 8, Unit 4—The Challenge of Comedy

Explore Unit 4, in which students write an explanatory essay analyzing a humorous text and read and perform scenes from a Shakespeare comedy.

View the Grade 8 sample unit

ELA Sample: Grade 10, Unit 4—Cultural Conversations

Explore Unit 4, in which students read a wide range of texts from different cultural backgrounds that they can connect to their own lives.

View the Grade 10 sample unit

As students complete the unit activities, their learning is supported by features such as:

  • Learning Targets: List of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). addressed by the activity, translated into student-friendly language
  • Learning Strategies: List of the approaches to learning that are appropriate to the activity.
  • Academic Vocabulary: Callouts that define and analyze terms in context.

The Teacher Edition is designed to help teachers deliver rigorous instruction while allowing them to adapt the curriculum to their classroom needs.

  • Lesson formats are consistent with AP instructional practices.
  • The goals, texts, and Academic Vocabulary of each unit are detailed in the table of contents.
  • Every unit begins with an overview and a list of Essential Questions.
  • The primary knowledge and skills for each unit are outlined.
  • Activities include suggested Teaching Strategies.
  • Embedded Assessments are accompanied by scoring guides that provide detailed expectations.