The IRLA is a K-12 developmental scope and sequence for reading acquisition that prepares all students for success in college, career, and life, as articulated by the Common Core State Standards. The IRLA includes every Common Core State Standard for Reading, as well as those Language standards key to reading success, for students in grades PreK to 12. Each reading level represents a new threshold concept/skill that was not required to read text at the level below. Teachers use the IRLA to locate each student on this standards continuum to: identify a baseline reading level; match reader with appropriate texts, leveled to the same IRLA system; identify which skills/standards and in what order, including foundational skills, are the most crucial for each student/reader/individual to learn next; design individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction targeted to the development of specific skills; and monitor progress through the standards/reading levels in real-time, to ensure all students are on-track to make sufficient reading growth, or intervene early.
Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal A 2020 Newbery Honor Book Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.