Ancient Civilizations

International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

RESEARCH LABS®

RESEARCH LABS® is a backwards design model that allows teachers to differentiate instruction while teaching grade level content standards to all students. Starting with big ideas/concepts students need to grasp in order to master state standards, we backmap to create a project-based learning framework through which students read, write, engage in accountable talk, and produce their own books on independent research topics.

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  • Backwards Design
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Standards-Based Inquiry
  • Grade Level Content Standards

See our collection of books authored and illustrated by Research Labs students.

RESEARCH LABS®

RESEARCH LABS® is a backwards design model that allows teachers to differentiate instruction while teaching grade level content standards to all students.

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Common Core Formative Assessment

Two Langages, One System. ARC’s State-of-the-Art Formative Assessment Framework built on the CCSS.

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Available Themes

Life Science
Earth & Space Science
Physical Science
World History
American History
World Geography & Cultures
Genres
Ciencias de la vida (Life Sciences)
Ciencias de la tierra y el espacio (Earth & Space Science)
Historia mundial (World History)
Spanish Genres

RESEARCH LABS Grades 3+ Integrated Literacy Block® Module

For 30 students

Select Writing Genre

Instructional Framework
Choose from Argument, Informational or Narrative Writing
Writing Cards (30)

Unit of Study

Blackline Masters for Student Research
Research Cards (30)

Informational Leveled Text Set

Above Level Read Alouds (5)
Central Text (25)
25 Exemplar Text Packs OR 25 Core Text Titles (select themes only)
Leveled Thematic Research Library
4 25-book or 5 20-book depending on theme

Professional Learning

Text by Jeffrey Wilhelm
Choose from Argument, Informational or Narrative Writing
IRLA
Independent Reading Level Assessment
One day of PD
1 full day of professional development training included for 5–20 purchased modules
$1,650.00
for 30 students
    Teach Research and One Common Core Writing Genre
    Each student engages in a carefully scaffolded, extended research project, taking a final written product in the selected genre through the entire writing process from note-making to publication.
    Unit of Study
    A carefully defined research focus and a set of Research Questions scaffold student research while providing the content architecture for the Unit. These questions align with key concepts in the content of the Unit, ensuring all students learn the grade-level content required of state standards and/or the NGSS.
    Grade Level Complex Text
    The teacher uses a class set of a Central Text (a Core Text [book] or Exemplar Pack of short texts) and 5 Read Aloud Anchor titles to teach key concepts at the heart of each Research Question.
    Leveled Texts for Differentiated Instruction
    Students use the Thematic Leveled Research Library to research their individual topics using the best informational books drawn from more than 250 publishers.
  • Instructional FrameworkInstructional Framework
  • Writing CardsWriting Cards (30)
  • Blackline Masters for Student ResearchBlackline Masters for Student Research
  • Research CardsResearch Cards (30)
  • Above Level Read AloudsAbove Level Read Alouds (5)
  • Central TextCentral Text (25)
  • Leveled Thematic Research LibraryLeveled Thematic Research Library
  • Text by Jeffrey WilhelmText by Jeffrey Wilhelm
  • IRLAIRLA
  • One day of PDOne day of PD
Instructional Framework

Instructional Framework

The Research Lab Instructional Frameworks ensure every teacher implements the 3 Shifts every day. Teachers provide grade-level rigor through the use of complex text to teach ELA CCSS, Science/Social Studies content, and academic vocabulary.

Choose from:

  • Argument
  • Informational
  • Narrative
  • Instructional Framework
    Argument

    Argument

    In the Argument Research Lab

    1. Teachers use carefully scaffolded whole-group instruction to teach all students to read, write, present, and evaluate arguments and opinion pieces.

    2. Students practice making claims and supporting those claims with relevant evidence and logical reasoning.

    3. Students produce a final argument essay that makes a claim related to their Research Topics and defends that claim with evidence and reasons from their research.

    Argument
    Informational

    Informational

    In the Informational Research Lab

    1. Teachers use carefully scaffolded whole-group instruction to teach all students to read, write, and analyze informational text, including informational visuals.

    2. Students practice analyzing how authors’ central ideas are developed through key supporting details and ideas.

    3. Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will demonstrate proficiency both in the Unit content and in writing informational text.

    Informational
    Narrative

    Narrative

    In the Narrative Research Lab

    1. Teachers use carefully scaffolded whole-group instruction to teach all students to analyze how authors of both informational and narrative texts use key details to develop their ideas and themes.

    2. Students practice analyzing how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text and within the Unit of Study.

    3. Each student publishes a scientifically/historically accurate narrative on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will demonstrate proficiency both in the Unit content and in writing narratives.

    Narrative
    Writing Cards

    Writing Cards

    Writing cards support students through each step of the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each card details the steps students need to take to successfully complete one stage of the full writing process (e.g., drafting) before proceeding to the next step (e.g., revising).

    Writing Cards

    • Drafting
    • Revising
    • Editing
    • Publishing

    Writing Cards
    Blackline Masters for Student Research

    Blackline Masters for Student Research

    Blackline masters provide graphic organizers to teach and scaffold students’ note-making, research reading, and writing skills.

    Blackline Masters for Student Research
    Research Card (Front)
    Research Card (Front)
    Research Card (Reverse)
    Research Card (Reverse)
    Anchor Titles

    Anchor Titles

    The Anchor Title Collection provides grade-level books that are exemplars in both text complexity and Unit content. The Anchor Titles include books on all of the major concepts to be taught in the Unit.

    Anchor Titles
    Central Text

    Central Text

    Exemplar Text Packs

    Exemplar Text Packs are Collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, each designed for a specific grade-band and on a specific Science or Social Studies Topic.

    Available for select themes only.

    Core Text

    Core titles provides a grade-level, shared reading experience for all students and provides the teacher with opportunities to model the kinds of reading and writing he or she expects from the students.

    Central Text
    4 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

    4 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

    International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

    4 Theme Baskets/100 Titles
    Select Text by Jeffrey Wilhelm

    Select Text by Jeffrey Wilhelm

    The RESEARCH LABS Modules for Grades 3+ include one copy of a selected text by esteemed author and speaker, Jeffrey Wilhelm. The selected title depends on the chosen writing genre.

    • Argument Oh, Yeah?

    • Informational Get it Done

    • Narrative So, What’s the story?

    Select Text by Jeffrey Wilhelm
    Argument

    Argument

    Oh, Yeah?: Putting Argument to Work Both in School and Out by Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael Smith and James Fredricksen

    This book is an argument. Oh, Yeah?! will persuade you that it is an ideal resource for helping you teach argument writing to adolescents. And not just any arguments, but the kinds of substantive ones the real-world demands.

    Life may be a series of arguments, but your decision about how to teach argument writing needn't be complicated. Trust Smith, Wilhelm, and Fredricksen, use Oh, Yeah?! in your classroom, and give students an argument for meeting-and exceeding-the Common Core standards.

    Argument
    Informational

    Informational

    Get it Done!: Writing and Analyzing Informational Texts to Make Things Happen by Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael Smith and James Fredricksen

    Informational texts aren't just for school. They are a real-world tool for making things happen. Similarly, the Common Core State Standards for writing are designed to help adolescents be prepared for the world outside the classroom.

    Naming and listing, summarizing, describing, defining, comparing and contrasting, classifying, identifying cause-effect relationships, exploring problem-solution situations-Get It Done! will both help you teach all these types of informational texts engagingly and effectively, while explicitly connecting your work to the Common Core State Standards.

    Informational
    Narrative

    Narrative

    So, What's the Story?: Teaching Narrative to Understand Ourselves, Others, and the World by Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael Smith and James Fredricksen

    While Common Core standards on argument and nonfiction have gotten the lion's share of attention, the anchor standard for narrative writing has been overlooked. Not anymore, thanks to So, What's the Story?

    With ideas for teaching autobiography, narrative nonfiction, imaginary narratives, and narratives that employ both words and images, So, What's the Story? provides practitioners with ways to help students make the leap from composing stories to understanding how stories and narrative concepts can help them to identify, critique, and change how their world works.

    Narrative
    IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework

    IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework

    Formative Assessment Built on the Common Core State Standards for Reading

    The IRLA is a unified standard-based framework for student assessment, text leveling, curriculum, and instruction. The IRLA ensures that grade level instruction in reading is appropriately rigorous and that differentiated support effectively meets the needs of all students.

    The IRLA allows educators to determine a student’s current level of reading proficiency, diagnose areas of strength and weakness, formulate an Action Plan for next steps, and track progress while becoming an expert in reading instruction and the Common Core State Standards. The IRLA includes Cold Reads and questions used to assess student proficiency with the Common Core State Standards as well as Student Practice Pages to reinforce essential skills.

    IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework
    Professional Development

    Professional Development

    American Reading Company Executive Coaches work with school- and district-level Leadership Teams early and often to ensure that achievement targets are met.

    All ARC professional development is structured around a gradual release model, starting out with a workshop, moving into grade group meetings, then into “fishbowl” demonstration lessons, and finally into 1:1 support, as needed.

    Professional Development

    Additional Items:

    available à la carte

    Theme-Related Folders (30)
    Student Blank Books (30)
    Independent Reading Baskets (2)
    Support Readers at a Wider Range of Reading Levels
    Job Embedded PD
    1 full day of professional development training included for 5–20 purchased modules
    Theme Related Folders

    Theme Related Folders

    Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

    Theme Related Folders
    Student Blank Books

    Student Blank Books

    Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

    Student Blank Books
    Student Blank Books
    Student Blank Books
    Independent Reading Baskets

    Independent Reading Baskets

    Additional 10 or 25 title baskets are available for classes with wider ranges of reading levels.

    Independent Reading Baskets
    Professional Development

    Professional Development

    American Reading Company Executive Coaches work with school- and district-level Leadership Teams early and often to ensure that achievement targets are met.

    All ARC professional development is structured around a gradual release model, starting out with a workshop, moving into grade group meetings, then into “fishbowl” demonstration lessons, and finally into 1:1 support, as needed.

    Professional Development

    RESEARCH LABS 2nd Grade Integrated Literacy Block® Module

    For 30 students

    Select Writing Genre

    Instructional Framework
    Choose from Argument, Informational or Narrative Writing
    Writing Cards (30)

    Unit of Study

    Blackline Masters for Student Research
    Research Cards (30)

    Informational Leveled Text Set

    Above Level Read Alouds (5)
    Central Text (25)
    25 Exemplar Text Packs OR 25 Core Text Titles (select themes only)
    Leveled Thematic Research Library
    4 25-book or 5 20-book depending on theme

    Professional Learning

    IRLA
    Independent Reading Level Assessment
    One day of PD
    1 full day of professional development training included for 5–20 purchased modules
    $1,650.00
    for 30 students
      Teach Research and One Common Core Writing Genre
      Each student engages in a carefully scaffolded, extended research project, taking a final written product in the selected genre through the entire writing process from note-making to publication.
      Unit of Study
      A carefully defined research focus and a set of Research Questions scaffold student research while providing the content architecture for the Unit. These questions align with key concepts in the content of the Unit, ensuring all students learn the grade-level content required of state standards and/or the NGSS.
      Grade Level Complex Text
      The teacher uses a class set of a Central Text (a Core Text [book] or Exemplar Pack of short texts) and 5 Read Aloud Anchor titles to teach key concepts at the heart of each Research Question.
      Leveled Texts for Differentiated Instruction
      Students use the Thematic Leveled Research Library to research their individual topics using the best informational books drawn from more than 250 publishers.
    • Instructional FrameworkInstructional Framework
    • Writing CardsWriting Cards (30)
    • Blackline Masters for Student ResearchBlackline Masters for Student Research
    • Research CardsResearch Cards (30)
    • Above Level Read AloudsAbove Level Read Alouds (5)
    • Central TextCentral Text (25)
    • Leveled Thematic Research LibraryLeveled Thematic Research Library
    • IRLAIRLA
    • One day of PDOne day of PD
    Instructional Framework

    Instructional Framework

    The Research Lab Instructional Frameworks ensure every teacher implements the 3 Shifts every day. Teachers provide grade-level rigor through the use of complex text to teach ELA CCSS, Science/Social Studies content, and academic vocabulary.

    Choose from:

  • Argument
  • Informational
  • Narrative
  • Instructional Framework
    Argument

    Argument

    In the Argument Research Lab

    1. Teachers use carefully scaffolded whole-group instruction to teach all students to read, write, present, and evaluate arguments and opinion pieces.

    2. Students practice making claims and supporting those claims with relevant evidence and logical reasoning.

    3. Students produce a final argument essay that makes a claim related to their Research Topics and defends that claim with evidence and reasons from their research.

    Argument
    Informational

    Informational

    In the Informational Research Lab

    1. Teachers use carefully scaffolded whole-group instruction to teach all students to read, write, and analyze informational text, including informational visuals.

    2. Students practice analyzing how authors’ central ideas are developed through key supporting details and ideas.

    3. Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will demonstrate proficiency both in the Unit content and in writing informational text.

    Informational
    Narrative

    Narrative

    In the Narrative Research Lab

    1. Teachers use carefully scaffolded whole-group instruction to teach all students to analyze how authors of both informational and narrative texts use key details to develop their ideas and themes.

    2. Students practice analyzing how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text and within the Unit of Study.

    3. Each student publishes a scientifically/historically accurate narrative on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will demonstrate proficiency both in the Unit content and in writing narratives.

    Narrative
    Writing Cards

    Writing Cards

    Writing cards support students through each step of the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each card details the steps students need to take to successfully complete one stage of the full writing process (e.g., drafting) before proceeding to the next step (e.g., revising).

    Writing Cards

    • Drafting
    • Revising
    • Editing
    • Publishing

    Writing Cards
    Blackline Masters for Student Research

    Blackline Masters for Student Research

    Blackline masters provide graphic organizers to teach and scaffold students’ note-making, research reading, and writing skills.

    Blackline Masters for Student Research
    Research Card (Front)
    Research Card (Front)
    Research Card (Reverse)
    Research Card (Reverse)
    Anchor Titles

    Anchor Titles

    The Anchor Title Collection provides grade-level books that are exemplars in both text complexity and Unit content. The Anchor Titles include books on all of the major concepts to be taught in the Unit.

    Anchor Titles
    Central Text

    Central Text

    Exemplar Text Packs

    Exemplar Text Packs are Collections of short texts to be used for repeated close reading, each designed for a specific grade-band and on a specific Science or Social Studies Topic.

    Available for select themes only.

    Core Text

    Core titles provides a grade-level, shared reading experience for all students and provides the teacher with opportunities to model the kinds of reading and writing he or she expects from the students.

    Central Text
    4 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

    4 Theme Baskets/100 Titles

    International in scope, the Ancient Civilizations collection focuses on the world before 250 ce. Regions included are Ancient Egypt, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, India, and the Maya.

    4 Theme Baskets/100 Titles
    IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework

    IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework

    Formative Assessment Built on the Common Core State Standards for Reading

    The IRLA is a unified standard-based framework for student assessment, text leveling, curriculum, and instruction. The IRLA ensures that grade level instruction in reading is appropriately rigorous and that differentiated support effectively meets the needs of all students.

    The IRLA allows educators to determine a student’s current level of reading proficiency, diagnose areas of strength and weakness, formulate an Action Plan for next steps, and track progress while becoming an expert in reading instruction and the Common Core State Standards. The IRLA includes Cold Reads and questions used to assess student proficiency with the Common Core State Standards as well as Student Practice Pages to reinforce essential skills.

    IRLA: Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework
    Professional Development

    Professional Development

    American Reading Company Executive Coaches work with school- and district-level Leadership Teams early and often to ensure that achievement targets are met.

    All ARC professional development is structured around a gradual release model, starting out with a workshop, moving into grade group meetings, then into “fishbowl” demonstration lessons, and finally into 1:1 support, as needed.

    Professional Development

    Additional Items:

    available à la carte

    Theme-Related Folders (30)
    Student Blank Books (30)
    Independent Reading Baskets (2)
    Support Readers at a Wider Range of Reading Levels
    Job Embedded PD
    1 full day of professional development training included for 5–20 purchased modules
    Theme Related Folders

    Theme Related Folders

    Theme Folders are decorated, heavy-stock folders that allow students to keep their books, log sheets, Skills Cards, and research notes together, making transport easy between home and school.

    Theme Related Folders
    Student Blank Books

    Student Blank Books

    Each student publishes an informational text on the topic of his/her choice in which s/he will write a well-organized main idea/detail paragraph for each Research Question.

    Student Blank Books
    Student Blank Books
    Student Blank Books
    Independent Reading Baskets

    Independent Reading Baskets

    Additional 10 or 25 title baskets are available for classes with wider ranges of reading levels.

    Independent Reading Baskets
    Professional Development

    Professional Development

    American Reading Company Executive Coaches work with school- and district-level Leadership Teams early and often to ensure that achievement targets are met.

    All ARC professional development is structured around a gradual release model, starting out with a workshop, moving into grade group meetings, then into “fishbowl” demonstration lessons, and finally into 1:1 support, as needed.

    Professional Development