English Language Arts curriculum must be aligned with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.  Expectations should be implemented within and across grade levels to meet or exceed the standards, benchmarks and expectations. 
Most importantly, all literacy instruction should have a research-based focus.

Curriculum Coherence and Instruction  

Establishing Curriculum Coherence in ELA - This document serves as a guideline for developing schoolwide literacy plans.

Literacy Research at a Glance - This document synthesizes the results of decades of research on literacy instruction.

Textbook Adoption

Use these resources when adopting textbooks:

Publishers' Criteria for Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, Grades 3-12

Tri-State Quality Review Rubric for Lessons & Units

Curriculum Development & Support

Literacy Implementation Guide from the International Reading Association

Michigan's Statewide Comprehensive Literacy Plan (MiLit Plan) Draft v.01.31.2011

Michigan Merit Curriculum updated August 2014

Michigan Merit course requirements for high school

SAMPLE Units of Study

PLEASE NOTE these are sample units intended to supplement a comprehensive literacy program. These examples do  not define all that should be done in a balanced literacy curriculum, rather they provide a portrait of the kind of curriculum that is characteristic of a more balanced approach to literacy instruction.

MAISA Units of Study for Literacy - These units of study were developed by Michigan teachers, ISD consultants, instructional specialists, and administrators.

ELA Curriculum Modules from EngageNY - The New York State Grades 3-12 ELA curricula include six modules that focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking in response to high-quality texts. Each module is intended to last a quarter of a school year; the addition of two extra modules allows for teacher choice throughout the year. The modules will sequence and scaffold content that is aligned to the CCLS for ELA & Literacy.

ODELL Education Curriculum - The Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum is an integrated set of English Language Arts/Literacy units spanning grades 6-12. Funded by the USNY Regents Research Fund, the free curriculum is comprised of a series of four units at each grade level that provide direct instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the Common Core State Standards. Each unit highlights a core literacy proficiency and provides approaches, instructional sequences, handouts, tools and texts for developing independent mastery and creative critical thinking in students.

Adolescent Literacy Research

Creating a Culture of Literacy: A Plan for Middle and High School Principals from the National Association of Secondary Principals

Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practice (grades 4-12)

Guidelines for Teaching Middle and High School Students to Read and Write Well by Dr. Judith Langer

Reading Between the Lines: What the ACT Reveals about College Readiness

Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy  

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High School

Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading