LearnZillion presents Guidebooks, a language arts program that fosters a love of deep reading and skilled writing.

About the curriculum

Built by teachers, for teachers; Guidebooks centers around the texts students love, connecting across multiple genres and creating a web of meaning that’s critical to the development of reading and writing skills.


Each Guidebooks lesson supports whole class and small group instruction

The curriculum includes

  • Authentic, grade-level text sets
  • Integration of reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language standards
  • Backward design
  • Embedded supports for diverse learners
  • Consistent unit and lesson structure
Each unit is backwards planned from multiple standards-based assessments that include student exemplars.

Unit structure

Lesson structure

LearnZillion is the only curriculum and professional development provider of Guidebooks

Trade books, unit readers, and student handouts

Realize significant savings with our print materials for Guidebooks. Give your classrooms a library of engaging, authentic literature, complex texts in unit readers, and handouts that include activities to support students in reading, writing, and expressing an understanding of the texts.

View Grade 6 Unit 1 or Grade 9 Unit 1

Full lesson plan

We support teachers in strategic instruction

Tools that move teachers from reactionary to strategic

Our easy-to-use slides and teaching notes empower teachers to lead close readings of grade-level texts. Guidance is built into every lesson, providing teachers with in-context professional development.

Tools for differentiation

We support teachers in moving to strategic instruction, making it easy for them to differentiate and take coordinated action.

Integrated digital assessments

We’ve integrated digitized section assessments so that teachers get auto-scored formative feedback on student learning, and students get more practice with tech-enabled questions. With these assessments, teachers can orchestrate strategic and data-driven instruction.

Professional development

A year-long engagement that offers teachers, leaders, and coaches on-site, virtual, and on-demand support. Learn more.

RAND Study

In a 2016 study that surveyed teachers nationwide, RAND found that teachers using Guidebooks in Louisiana demonstrated a better understanding of state standards and reported undertaking more instructional activities that aligned with those standards than their counterparts in other states. On a number of indicators, teachers scored higher than their peers in any other state.

Check out the study

LDOE Guidebooks

LearnZillion Guidebooks

Tier 1 IMR classroom ready, whole class English Language Arts curriculum
Printer-friendly, digital teaching materials with embedded teacher guidance
Text complexity and vocabulary analysis of unit anchor texts
Most up-to-date version of the curriculum
Unit scope and sequence and pacing guidance
Standards alignment by section, unit, and lesson
Digital section quizzes and classroom reports
Close reading library used to lead targeted reading instruction
Downloadable family resources
One-stop-shop for student trade books and unit readers (available)
In-the-moment supports for diverse learners
Data export via CSV
Seamless LMS and SIS integration
District-managed curriculum customization
Professional development (optional)

Experience the excellence of Guidebooks through our unique combination of print and digital.