ESL/ELA Curriculum Links

ESL teachers follow the standards posted in the links below. For easy access the links are split by levels, elementary, middle and high school. While the topics/units of study may vary from one school to the other, the standards are to be followed with fidelity. These standards are the result of the ESL Essential Standards aligned with the Common Core ELA standards, by both language proficiency level and grade level. 

The curriculum maps are designed for the use of ESL teachers who teach their stand-alone classes as well as for those who teach during literacy block and/or during supplemental instructional time during other parts of the day.

The ESL curriculum is designed to provide a range of support for English Language Learners at all levels of proficiency to engage with grade level academic content and standards. It is basically a resource for ESL teachers to use to differentiate ESL support for teaching Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA). 

Because Durham Public Schools chose to adopt the curriculum maps written by the commoncore.org, we have adapted these themes, since many ESL teachers work collaboratively with mainstream literacy teachers. Although themes and topics of these units reflects this alignment, the Model Performance Indicators (MPI’s) were deliberately written to be general enough to be used in other themes and topics, and flexible enough to support varying instructional contexts and time frames. There are three topics per quarter. 

Model Performance Indicators (MPI’s) provide adaptations of the CCSS for each of WIDA Levels 1-4 of Language Proficiency (1= Entering, 2= Emerging, 3= Developing, 4= Expanding). These MPI’s combine WIDA Can-Do indicators with CCSS expectations, to differentiate support for ESL students of all proficiency levels, providing both language acquisition and background skills to help ESL students progressively work toward grade level competence in each anchor standard. 

ESL Prioritized Standards from CCSS Reading Literature (RL) & Reading for Information (RI)

These standards were prioritized by ESL teachers during ESL PLC meetings in February of 2012. Each of the 10 anchor standards falls into one of three categories: Key Ideas and Details (KID), Craft and Structure (CS), Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (IKI) In each level of priority, each of these categories is represented: