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 (Volumes 1 and 2): Two school years/ 16-18 months


Essentials

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