The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 11 meet the criteria that materials are well-designed and take into account effective lesson structure and pacing. Teachers are prompted to give clear directions, and directions are also found on the graphic organizers or checklists provided in the units. The materials provide teachers with directions and guidance on usage and how to direct student use. Alignment documentation is provided for all questions, tasks, and assessments as general guidance to the teacher. The introductory materials of each Teacher Edition outline the standards that are addressed in each Literacy and Research lab, and the Teacher Editions explain the purpose of the ELA/Literacy standards for instruction and how they support the curriculum across the year. Materials include instructions to parents/guardians on how students are to incorporate the independent reading at home and the role of the parent/guardian in that success.
The IRLA Framework states the standards clearly, and each assessment component found in the materials articulates the learning standards assessed. Both the IRLA Framework and the weekly units consistently provide opportunities for teachers to observe student progress in specific standards, whether reading or writing. The materials contain ample resources and guidance for student accountability with independent reading based on student reading choice and motivation. The ARC Core Literacy Block is designed to embed all the best practices of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching into a literacy framework, in order to ensure that each child reads, writes, and collaborates on grade level. Within the framework, there are suggestions for students who are reading above grade level.
The instructional materials reviewed for Grade 11 are compatible with a variety of web-based internet browsers and follow universal programming style. While students regularly are invited to use technology to research topics, there is little explicit support for teachers to guide students in developing navigation skills for this area. Lessons are personalized for all learners through independent reading and Reader’s Workshop. The materials provide teachers and students ample flexibility within the outlined structure. At the end of each unit, materials prompt teachers to use technology for students to publish their work to share with the class.