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Open Court Reading and English Language Arts

The Open Court Reading curriculum resources enables teachers to effectively and easily integrate technology into their English Language Arts curriculum. All of the resources are designed by experienced teachers who understand the daily demands and challenges of the classroom. The Open Court Reading Powerpoint presentations, graphic organizers, and web resources save teachers time and provide quality materials that appropriately integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Open Court Reading Powerpoint Presentations

Open Court PowerpointOriginal teacher created Open Court Reading Powerpoint presentations introduce and build background knowledge in the Open Court Reading and English Language Arts classroom. The Powerpoint presentations include customized backgrounds as well as images and photos designed to build and support background knowledge, especially for English Language Learners (ELL).

For each grade level, Open Court Reading Powerpoint presentations are available to help teachers launch the first unit for the school year. We've also included Open Court Reading Powerpoint presentations to support each of the reading selections in Unit 1 for grades 2-6.

Open Court Reading Graphic Organizers

Open Court Graphic OrganizersBased upon Dr. Robert Marzano's research on nonlinguistic representations as an effective instructional strategy, we've created graphic organizers to support vocabulary development, reading comprehension skills, and writing skills found in the Open Court Reading and English Language Arts activities and lessons. The graphic organizers include elements of design such as color, shapes, size of font and elements, clipart and images, and placement to assist in structuring meaning for students.

The Open Court Reading graphic organizers are downloadable and customizable using Inspiration® graphic organizer software. We are currently offering Inspiration® Version 8 (Mac/Win) for only $29.99 (includes S/H; CA residents 8.75% sales tax extra). The graphic organizers are available as PDF documents for teachers who do not have access to Inspiration® graphic organizer software.

Open Court Reading Web Resources

For Unit 1 and the reading selections located in the unit, we've provided web resources in the form of links to Internet sites and suggested titles of video resources from Discovery Education Streaming and Learn360 (a current subscription with the individual services is needed to utilize these resources). The web resources support launching the unit, direct instruction from the Open Court Reading textbook, and activities from the various handbooks.

In addition to the web resources, our teachers have created Guide Sheets for grades 2-6 which include short standards-based activities that support the content of the information on the Internet sites. The Guide Sheets are available in both Microsoft Word and as a PDF document.