Welcome to Teacher Central!
Amplify ELA is a blended English language arts curriculum designed specifically for grades 6–8. With Amplify ELA, students dive into a range of rich and diverse texts, supported by strategic routines and a variety of interactions that develop the critical capacities and build the vocabulary, knowledge, and skills students need to read deeply.
Students are engaged through dynamic texts, lively classroom discussions, and meaningful digital experiences.
This site is designed to help you become familiar with the program and to guide you through initial preparation for implementing Amplify ELA in your classroom.
Preparing to teach your Amplify ELA units
We’ve developed a variety of unit and lessons-level resources by grade to ensure you have the tools you need to support students in developing foundational skills and building background knowledge—no matter which materials you have available or where learning is happening.
- Previous events
- Learning videos
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- Teaching with Amplify ELA
Below you will find instructional topics such as pacing, differentiation, and instructional practices, all the while highlighting Amplify features and resources you can be using to grow your expertise of our curriculum!
- PD Library
- Planning and pacing
What features are available to supplement Amplify ELA implementation?
To think strategically about planning your upcoming Amplify ELA unit, try backwards planning to keep the end in mind and make sure you’re meeting learning objectives efficiently! Watch our video on this strategy to learn more.
The Assign feature within the Amplify ELA curriculum makes it easy to distribute assignments and activities to your students both inside and outside of the classroom to ensure you’re staying on track with the program. When you navigate to the lesson, you will notice a blue Assign button on the Lesson Brief, which allows you to assign multiple activities simultaneously. A settings panel gives you the option to pick class sections and due dates. Students will get notified of every activity assigned to them via the bell feature at the top right of their program, as well as through their My Work page.
Digital Novel Guides
Amplify’s Digital Novel Guide units are adapted from the Novel Guide PDFs in the Amplify Library. You can find them in the Flexible Units section of the Year Overview. Each guide organizes activities into five lessons covering a different set of reading, writing, and speaking skills. Lessons feature the digital novel embedded alongside submittable student work, including auto-scored Solos. These guides can also work to accompany print texts. These guides can be used at any time throughout the year and provide recommendations for units from the core curriculum that share similar themes and subject matter with the novel.
What kind of instruction is available for students who need additional support?
In Amplify ELA lessons, a plus symbol on any activity icon indicates that the activity offers embedded differentiation levels with support and extension activities to meet the needs of all learners —including ELL students, as well as students ready for additional challenges. Directions in the Differentiation section of the Lesson Brief explain the types of support provided at each level, and when these supports may be helpful for particular students. This Differentiation section contains additional suggestions and ideas for supporting English learners apart from the embedded differentiated scaffolds. And in the Student Level Assignments screen, you can easily drag and drop student names into the differentiation level appropriate for their needs.
Starting in Unit B, every 4-6 lessons culminate wth the Amplify Flex Day. The Flex Days are an opportunity for you to provide students with needed grammar instruction and also support additional practice in a targeted area of reading, writing, or language. Teachers can review students’ EAM results and note recommended groupings for students to work within the Flex Day Activities that target key areas of reading, writing, discussion, and language skills — including activities specifically designed to support ELL students, as well as students who need fluency support.
The Spotlight app within the Amplify ELA platform is a virtual forum for you to share student writing. In it, you can easily highlight examples of your students’ work and project excerpts for instruction—or simply appreciation!
Do you have support and guidance around ELA assessments?
Did you know Amplify has an Answer Validation feature to reveal auto-scored answers to students for Solos and assessments through Classwork? In Classwork, you’ll see two checkboxes at the bottom of expanded Solos and assessments: Mark Incorrect and Reveal Correct. Both boxes are unchecked by default, and students will be able to edit the activity without any correct/incorrect markers on their responses. For assessments, editability and visibility of revealed answers will also depend on whether or not you have locked or unlocked the assessment lesson for each class. You may want to be mindful of when you reveal answers to students, as the questions for these activities do not change year to year. To learn more about how to use this feature, check out our dedicated help article about the feature.
Embedded Assessment Measure
The Embedded Assessment Measure (EAM) collects data against three core academic domains as students work with the daily lessons, enabling you to assess how students are responding to classroom instruction, gather information about what extra support they might need, and begin to understand how they may perform on state testing. EAM reports allow teachers to easily track and interpret student performance against the three core domains of reading, writing, and language without ever interrupting the flow of daily instruction to test students. Teachers then receive EAM reports that provide an at-a-glance look at which students are at risk in each of the three core domains. EAM reports also provide recommendations about how to group students for differentiated instruction and extra practice during Flex Days.
Amplify ELA’s Interim Assessments are designed to give teachers baseline data on students’ proficiency with reading and writing standards and to measure students’ progress with these standards over the course of the year. Each grade level has two reading Interim Assessments and two writing Interim Assessments. Teachers are encouraged to administer the first reading and writing Interim Assessments within the first 4–8 weeks of the school year, and to administer the second reading and writing Interim Assessments 4–8 weeks before any end-of-year state or national assessments.
Check out our dedicated help article about Interim Assessments for more information.
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Learning the program
If you’ve never logged in to Amplify programs before, our Login to Amplify page will help you get started. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll find tools to help you explain to your students how they’ll access their Amplify programs.
We have options to make this simple for students of all ages and abilities. You can learn more on our Caregiver support pages for Amplify ELA.
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