Elementary Language Arts

The Branch School offers a reading and writing program that is designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards. We use the Units of Study for Teaching Reading and the Units of Study for Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins, developed at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. The reading units are organized into four grade-specific units around three types of writing: opinion, information, and narrative writing. We also offer evidence-based programs in teaching phonics, word study, grammar and vocabulary.