English Language Arts
The New Visions for Public Schools ELA curriculum is driven by an accessible, skills-based approach to literacy. Consisting of three year-long courses, the curricular units are organized by the conceptual lenses of the Individual, the Quest, and the American and spiral literacy skills across grades 9, 10 and 11. Within each course, unit plans provide assessments, resources, and strategies that unpack the skills needed to master the learning identified in the ELA Common Core Standards, as well as support the reading, writing, and thinking necessary for both the New York State Regents exams and post-secondary coursework. This curriculum is written with the intention of equipping teachers with resources that interconnect skills, points of access, and the literacy support necessary for teaching all learners.
We understand that teachers may use resources differently, so we have created and curated high-quality Open Educational Resource (OER) materials available in Google Drive that can be easily integrated into any ELA classroom; we encourage teachers to make their own copies of resources and thoughtfully modify them.
“New Visions' text suggestions, supplemental materials, and pacing calendars have really helped me organize my curriculum. My students have really responded to the thematic-based units because it has enabled them to connect the text to ongoing issues in their own communities and the world at large.”
- Jessica Barrett, ELA Teacher at Manhattan Bridges High School
“Attending the New Visions’ PD events this year has been valuable to my teaching practice. I was given resources appropriate for both scaffolding and challenging my students and walked away with lots of new ideas on how to ensure student voices do not get lost in prescriptive writing.”
- Vlada Shlyavas, ELA teacher at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science III