In Language Arts, John F. Kennedy School utilizes the Harcourt Trophies district reading program, Edmark Reading Program Software (School Edition), and Discrete Trials Training (Eden Curriculum). Students are exposed to literacy across different subject contents.

Harcourt Trophies is a research-based, developmental reading/language arts program.  It maintains the philosophy of integrating reading mechanics, language arts components, and comprehension in a way that challenges learners to think, process, infer, and consider information. Explicit phonics, direct reading, and phonemic awareness instruction, integrated language arts components, guided reading and systematic intervention strategies, and state-of-the-art assessment tools ensures that every student successfully learns to read.

The Trophies program is designed to accommodate diverse student population with tiers of differentiated instruction for different needs. Lessons are aligned with the NJCCCS and students’ IEPs. As part of instruction, an Intervention Resource Kit and an English-Language Learner Kit are available to teach skills and concepts that are taught in the core program, providing abundant and spiraling practice. The program provides assessment segment to monitor learning and adjust teaching strategies. Online interactive lessons can be completed in the classroom or at home to reinforce learned skills.


Edmark Reading Program Software (School Edition) teaches beginning reading and language development to nonreaders and those who have been unsuccessful using other programs. The Level 1 software version teaches 150 words chosen from the Dolch Word List for first-grade readers. The Edmark Reading Program, Level 2, is an extension of Level 1 for students who have successfully completed Level 1 but are not yet ready for a more traditional reading approach. Level 2 continues to provide students with one-to-one teacher-to-student lessons.


Autistic Program: Discrete Trials Training (Eden Curriculum)

Discrete trial is the primary teaching method for a number of the behaviorally-based interventions used in teaching children with autism. Children with autism face a number of deficits and difficulties in learning. A discrete trial is a single cycle of a behaviorally-based instruction routine. A particular trial may be repeated several times in succession, several times a day, over several days (or even longer) until the skill is mastered.


Book Study:

Download the following:
  1. Unit Plan
  2. Activity Plan
  3. Spark Notes
  4. Audio and Visual of Text
  5. EngageNY (Quick link)
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