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Teaching Tennessee, CKLA 5-8

  • Intended Audience: Students, Teachers
  • Subject: ELA


This video series was created in collaboration with teachers and content experts from Overton County for use with Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), an Open Education Resource (OER).  Prior to implementing the curriculum and filming the videos, district team members aligned the content to Tennessee standards.

The videos are designed for use by districts that have adopted the curriculum, educators who use the open curriculum in their classroom, or those who need resources for remote learning. Please note that the videos follow the source materials’ intentional sequence of knowledge building and are meant to be used in order. A coherent, systematic approach is key to effective knowledge building instruction in English language arts.

The design principles of  the program’s structure build equitable access for all students to demonstrate understanding through regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary; reading and writing grounded in evidence from literary and informational text; and building knowledge through content rich literary and informational text.

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