Core Knowledge Language Arts
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) is a comprehensive K-5 program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences. CKLA was developed using the Core Knowledge Sequence which was created by E.D. Hirsch and the Core Knowledge Foundation in 1988. The Core Knowledge Sequence is a yearly overview of content-based units that must be taught in American schools to ensure that all students are culturally literate. Amplify, the company that created CKLA, took the opportunity to create daily lessons and resources that supported the implementation of the Core Knowledge Sequence through the CKLA program. In the early grades, CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-alouds as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills. In later grades, CKLA continues to advance students’ knowledge and vocabulary through read-alouds and in-depth discussions while also immersing students in complex texts and advanced writing assignments that draw on the academic content they’ve been engaged in since Kindergarten. CKLA is not to be confused with Common Core which are the state standards that Arizona has adopted and refers to as the Arizona College and Career Ready standards.