ELA Planning Pathways

Authors: Tori Filler, Tina Starks, Carey Swanson, Stacy Wetcher Gad

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Contributors from the School District of Philadelphia: Alison McMonagle, Christine Chang, Hannah Weiss, Kristen Sylvester, Dr. Nyshawana Francis-Thompson, Shirl Ishmael, Dr. Yonaira Rodriguez

A brief video explanation of the work

Learn more by watching educators use the tool at the bottom of the page.

Unit Intellectual Preparation for Inclusive Literacy

Student Achievement Partners worked with the School District of Philadelphia to create a district-specific unit preparation tool to support their newly developed Curriculum Equity Initiative and anchor text resources. These resources were developed using the Text Analysis Toolkit - a suite of resources to support equitable text selection, analysis, and use - as a starting point for customization.

The resulting unit planning tools focus on three pathways for intellectual preparation in service of text-based, inclusive literacy:

These tools aim to support deep, intentional reflection around the diverse and complex anchor texts from Philadelphia’s district-developed curriculum (hear more about the design in this blog). The grade-specific examples in the resource box have text-specific prompts for educator consideration intended to build a bridge between lesson planning and instructional moves. 

The resources are available as Word files and Google Docs (the provided link will create your own personal copy of the resource) and include: 

  • Unit Planning Pathways Tool: Anchor tool template with three pathways for preparation and space to record your own reflections. Use this tool with any anchor text. 
  • Code Talkers (Grade 8) Unit Planning Pathways: A text-specific example including specific prompts for Code Talkers
  • Parable of the Sower (Grade 12) Unit Planning Pathways: A text-specific example including text-specific prompts for Parable of the Sower.
  • The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Grade 8) Unit Planning Pathways: An educator-completed Pathways tool for The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass with personal reflections. This tool is intended to be a flexible model for preparation, and not every prompt is complete in this sample. 

Interested in learning more about this work or in co-design partnerships with SAP? Please reach out to us at info@studentsachieve.net

Permission and Acknowledgements:  The resources on this page were developed by Student Achievement Partners (SAP) and School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Academic Supports, and were created under the CC BY-NC 2.0 license. You are welcome to use these materials for personal and professional use. However, the materials may not be sold for profit. If materials are used in professional development, we ask that you give SAP and Philadelphia credit.