LearnZillion presents Guidebooks 3-12, a language arts program that fosters a love of deep reading and skilled writing.

The excellence of Guidebooks

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

Each Guidebooks lesson supports whole class and small group instruction and supports teachers in moving to strategic 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 provider of Guidebooks curriculum and professional development

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. These activities support students in reading, writing, and expressing an understanding of the texts.

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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 assessments so teachers get auto-scored formative feedback on students' learning. Teachers can conduct strategic, data-driven instruction, while providing students with more practice with tech-enabled questions.
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LearnZillion Empowers Students

Learning connects at Alexandria Middle Magnet School in Louisiana. Two eighth-grade teachers share how teaching Guidebooks ELA with LearnZillion helps them guide students as they build up to mastery, lesson by lesson.

“What LearnZillion did for me was give me a breath of fresh air. It gave me a mentor teacher without having one in my classroom, and still giving me the ability to lead my classroom with the proper instruction of what was supposed to happen and what the lesson is supposed to look like.”

Jenna Brown Johnson, Teacher

LearnZillion Inspires Connection

A Rapides Parish high school English and writing teacher explains how the different activities in LearnZillion Guidebooks spark her own ideas, engage her students, and connect them with the material, no matter what their reading levels.

“If it was not for Guidebooks, I would not have made it. Coming in as a newer teacher and having it off the bat was a lifesaver. […] The graphic organizers, the more visual learning, and the discussions, really helps. It’s just a big toolbox that you can pull from.”

Kaitlin Jeffrion, Teacher

Professional development

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

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RAND Study

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

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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
Unit scope and sequence and pacing guidance
Standards alignment by section, unit, and lesson
Digital section quizzes and classroom reports
Downloadable family resources
One-stop-shop for student trade books and unit readers
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.

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