• Overview

    The mission of Plano Independent School District reading and language arts program is to promote rigorous reading, writing, listening, and speaking opportunities as the cornerstone for success in school, for professional accomplishment, and for personal fulfillment as a lifelong literacy learner.

  • Curriculum

    The language arts and reading curriculum in Plano ISD is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards set by the Texas Education Agency. The link below provides more information on the standards appropriate for your student.


  • Programs

    The following are resources that may be used to enhance the learning experience for all students:

    • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    • Words Their Way
    • The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson
    • Next Step Guided Reading Assessment
    • Comprehension Toolkit 
    • Empowering Writers
    • Small Group Reading Instruction by Beverly Tyner
    • Patterns of Power by Jeff Anderson
    • Writing Strategies by Jennifer Seravallo

  • Curricular and Instructional Framework

    The curriculum of Plano ISD is developed using the Understanding by Design® (UbD™) Model, a research-based curriculum framework created by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. This framework offers a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title:

    1. Focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer
    2. Designing curriculum “backward” from those ends

    Read more about the UbD™ framework.