Schedules for Essentials with The Essentials Reader

The following schedules are suggestions for those planning to teach Essentials and The Essentials Reader at a typical school-year pace in upper elementary or middle school.

Slower Pace: Two Weeks per Lesson

Time per day: 30-60 minutes
Time to complete Essentials (Lessons 1-30): Two school years/ 16-18 months


Essentials

The Essentials Reader
Monday Essentials Lesson 1
Part 1
Tuesday Part 2
Skip most Review activities
Wednesday Part 3
Skip most Review activities
Thursday Part 4
Skip most Review activities
Friday Catch-up/ practice/ games Essentials Reader Lesson 1
Pre-Reading section (Essentials Reader Teacher's Guide)
Monday Part 2 Review section Review pre-reading words
Read the passage for Lesson 1
Tuesday Part 3 Review section Re-read Lesson 1 passage
Post-Reading section
Wednesday Part 4 Review section Handwriting & Composition section
Thursday Part 5 Review section Extension & Cross-Curricular Activities
Friday Part 5 Check Your Understanding
Review areas needing additional practice
Extension & Cross-Curricular Activities

Faster Pace: One Week per Lesson

Time per day: 1.5 - 2 hours
Time to complete Essentials (Volumes 1 and 2): 9 months

Essentials
The Essentials Reader
Monday
Essentials Lesson 1
Part 1
Tuesday
Part 2
Wednesday
Part 3
Thursday
Part 4 Essentials Reader Lesson 1
Pre-Reading section (Essentials Reader Teacher's Guide)
Friday
Part 5 Read the passage for Lesson 1
Monday
Essentials Lesson 2
Part 1
Re-read Lesson 1 passage
Post-Reading
Tuesday
Part 2 Handwriting & Composition
Wednesday
Part 3 Extension Activities
Thursday
Part 4 Essentials Reader Lesson 2
Pre-Reading
Friday
Part 5 Read the passage

Related resources

Overview: Scheduling Tips for Essentials 2nd Edition
Schedules for Slowing Down Essentials
Schedules for Intensive Spelling Remediation with Essentials
Schedules for Intensive Reading Remediation with Essentials and The Essentials Reader
Scheduling Ideas for Summer Reading Camps and Short-Term Interventions
Components of an Essentials Lesson

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