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PACE Academy has established high academic standards and clear instructional objectives, which are aligned with the Michigan State Standards for English/Language Arts instruction.  PACE Academy teachers use the resources below to deliver instruction:

Grade Level



·   Wit & Wisdom


·   Wit & Wisdom


Wit & Wisdom from greatminds.org


Using Wit & Wisdom...Students practice reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language based in text.  All strands of the standards are integrated throughout each module with:

  • Instructional Routines that empower students to tackle complex texts with increasing independence within and across grades.
  • Text-Dependent Questions to guide students to a deep understanding and establish a basis for the use of evidence in oral and written communication.
  • Explicit Writing Instruction to empower students to write essays, narratives, arguments, and informational pieces.  
  • Text-Based Vocabulary that provides the basis for morphology and word work.  
  • Formative Assessments that inform teachers and students on progress towards knowledge and skill mastery.



English/Language Arts Standards:College and Career readiness anchor Standards for reading

taken from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/MDE_ELA_Standards_599599_7.pdf


The K–8 standards define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade. They...together define the skills and understandings that all students must demonstrate.


Key Ideas and details

1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


Craft and Structure

4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.*

8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently