Model Curriculum for English Language Arts

2018 English Language Arts Model Curriculum

Teams of educators from across the state helped the Ohio Department of Education develop the English Language Arts Model Curriculum following the adoption of Ohio’s Learning Standards in 2017. The public, along with educators, commented on suggested changes to the model curriculum for K-12 during a month-long survey that closed in September 2017. These suggestions were incorporated into the model curriculum, where appropriate. The State Board of Education adopted the model curriculum in February 2018.

An Instructional Supports section is included with the model curriculum. These supports contain Instructional Strategies, including examples and Instructional Tools/Resources and were created and compiled by the Ohio educators who updated the Model Curriculum. The Department encourages educators statewide to submit best practice instructional strategies to be added to the instructional supports sections of the English Language Arts Model Curriculum. We will review these submissions and update the instructional supports on a regular basis. Send suggestions via email to English Language Arts Education Program Specialist Stacy Ludwig.

2018 English Language Arts Model Curriculum by Grade Level

Early Learning and Development Grade 5
Kindergarten Grade 6
Grade 1 Grade 7
Grade 2 Grade 8
Grade 3 Grades 9-10
Grade 4 Grades 11-12

2011 English Language Arts Model Curriculum by Grade Level

Ohio teachers worked in teams in 2010 to suggest instructional strategies and resources that align with the Ohio's Learning Standards in English Language Arts. The State Board of Education adopted the results of their work, English Language Arts Model Curricula, in March 2011. 

Early Learning and Development Grade 5
Kindergarten Grade 6
Grade 1 Grade 7
Grade 2 Grade 8
Grade 3 Grade 9-10
Grade 4 Grade 11-12

In October 2013, Career Connections strategies were added to the Instructional Strategies in the model curricula.

Ohio's Early Literacy ToolKit

The Ohio Department of Education strives to build a solid literacy foundation for all students through the implementation of quality language and literacy practices. We can help educators do this by combining effective instruction and meaningful learning opportunities with family and community engagement in language and literacy development. 


Ohio’s Early Literacy Toolkits for Districts, Schools, and Teachers and for Families and Communities provide evidence-based language and literacy resources for best practice instruction and assessment, as well as supports to build upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within a child’s daily routine.

Using the Standards to Develop Curriculum

These tools create a framework from the standards and model curriculum for planning units around big ideas/concepts; sequencing units to the school year; intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections; diverse learner considerations; technology integration; formative, summative and performance-based assessment practices; and resources.

INFOhio's IMatrix

INFOhio's IMatrix helps educators practice inquiry-based instruction that aligns to skills embedded within the standards of the four core curriculum areas: English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Search the matrix to find resources for teaching the skills in the standards. Click on the matrix to learn more!

Quality Review Rubric

The Quality Review Rubric provides criteria by which to evaluate the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to Ohio's Learning Standards.

Part 1: Introduction


Part 2: Dimension 1


Part 3: Dimension 2


Part 4: Dimension 3 & 4


Part 5: Review Process



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