Language Arts
K-5 Language Arts Overview

Literacy education in Libertyville District 70 strives to increase student performance in the areas of reading, writing, phonics, word study, grammar, and vocabulary.  


Libertyville District 70 has adopted Collaborative Classroom as the primary instructional resource for students in kindergarten and first grade.  This program, developed by The Center for Collaborative Classroom, has three main components: Being a Reader, Being a Writer, and Making Meaning.  Collaborative Classroom uses research-based best practices in education to build foundational skills and expose young students to rich literacy experiences during whole group and small group lessons.  Being a Reader focuses on teaching students to read well and to love reading.  Through Being a Writer, students build stamina and capacity while writing across a variety of genres.  Comprehension strategies are the main focus in Making Meaning.  Through the use of the Collaborative Classroom program and materials, teachers engage and motivate students, develop critical thinkers, and promote reflection about learning and community.


Students in grades 2-5 in District 70 use Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as their primary resource for literacy instruction.  Journeys is a research-based, comprehensive English Language Arts program aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards and developed by some of the leading experts in this field.  The program offers students access to rich, complex texts in both print and digital form. Teachers are also supplied with a multitude of materials for planning engaging whole class and small group lessons, integrating skills across literacy domains, and differentiating 21st century learning experiences for all learners.  

Updated 10-1-2018 8:44 AM
K-5 Collaborative Classroom and Journeys Overview
Listen to an eighteen minute overview of the language arts materials that students are learning with in kindergarten through fifth grade. Kindergarten and first grade students will learn with resources from Collaborative Classroom while second through fifth grade students will learn with Journeys resources.
Updated 4-17-2018 2:50 PM