Content-Based Literacy Instruction For Grades K-8 | Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning EL Education

Discover a content-based approach to literacy instruction that utilizes real-world compelling texts that engage and excite learners in grades K–8.

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Imagine Learning EL Education

Drive Equity with a Solution Designed for Students

We offer a comprehensive, digital-first, core language arts program for grades K–8, in which students focus on mastery of knowledge and skills and demonstrate high-quality work while building habits of character.

Rated ‘All Green’ by EdReports

The research-informed program earned all green scores from independent reviewer EdReports, meeting standards for text quality, usability, and building knowledge.

The Four T’s

Each unit and lesson is planned with the 4T’s framework in mind. The 4T’s ensure that students are able to comprehend the requirements and goals of each lesson, so they spend more time learning and less time figuring out what to do. Our scaffolded approach ensures students build knowledge as they progress culminating in mastery of the unit concept.


The compelling topic brings the content to life and is based on the content standards students are expected to meet.


The culminating task is a scaffolded project or performance task that gauges students’ mastery of content and literacy.


Learning targets are derived from the language and rigor of the grade-level standards students are expected to meet.


Lessons feature complex texts to ensure students experience a volume of reading at their independent reading level.

Imagine Learning EL Education

Create a learning experience that leverages the impact of content-based literacy through a unique combination of digital and print materials.

Support and Achieve Greater Learning

Content-Based, Integrated Approach

The deeper their content knowledge, the more students can understand, read, speak, and write about the content. Rather than teaching comprehension skills in isolation, students build skills across content areas and disciplines to build knowledge.

Real-World Content and Engaging Texts

Students engage with compelling, complex texts to learn academic vocabulary, gain fluency, master increasingly challenging syntax, and build reading comprehension. The texts feature a variety of races and genders with various world perspectives.

Expanded View of Student Achievement

Students excel in diverse and inclusive settings that encourage them to learn from and respect one another. Learning targets allow students to lead their own learning and focus on critical thinking, effective communication, and deeper understanding.

Promote Student Thinking, Collaboration, and Respect

Throughout the curriculum, protocols and conversation cues encourage students to engage in meaningful and collaborative conversations to deepen their learning, understanding, and appreciation for their peers’ perspectives.

Backward Design

The curriculum centers learning around what students will know and be able to do at the end of instruction. Built-in assessments give educators valuable information to reflect on key learnings and provide support where needed.