Accelerate language proficiency and build literacy and academic skills. New Cornerstone supports young learners where the English curriculum is extensive, as they strive for academic success and full English proficiency in a global environment. Young learners prepare for future study and opportunities with an effective method that is aligned to Common Core State Standards.
What makes New Cornerstone great?
Key concepts and vocabulary: each unit is organized around a big question and provides a starting point for building understanding.
Systematic skills development: three readings per unit develop academic skills and literacy.
Vocabulary acquisition: accelerate acquisition through explicit instruction.
Understanding by design: develop transferable academic skills through connected learning.
Grammar rules: clear explanations with examples and rules introduce key grammatical concepts.
Research-based reading and language skills instruction: balances content-area readings with age-appropriate, high-interest stories.
Digital resources: new Teacher and Student digital resources, including brand new videos, audio, EXAMVIEW® and Reader+.
Resources to help with planning and instruction, including:
Suggestions for how to divide up the material provided in the program into lessons. These pull together tasks in the Student Edition, Teacher’s Edition, Assessment Book, Workbook, various worksheets and Teacher's Resource Book. There are also ideas for homework.
Workbook answer keys
Answer keys for activities with clear-cut answers and suggestions for questions with various possible answers.
Pre-written letters to parents in English only. These describe to parents what children will be learning in the unit to allow parents to become involved in their child’s learning.
Reading text summaries
Summaries of the reading texts found in the Student Edition in English only.
Graphic Organizer templates
These are a variety of worksheet templates for children to complete such as KWL chart, Venn diagram, 5W chart and T-chart.
Handwriting practice worksheets (lower grades)
Handwriting worksheets offer photocopiable pages which children can write on to practice letter formation and mark marking. These are provided in lower grades.
Fluency (upper grades)
Fluency activities are provided in the upper grades. These are a selection of activities that teachers can use to improve children’s fluency such as reading aloud from a newspaper, role plays, etc. There are suggestions to use with every unit. Many activity task types repeat.