The integrated language arts curriculum focuses on specific themes that are congruent with each grade level. Thematic lessons help to bring cohesiveness to the  multigrade setting.

Language Arts in the
Multigrade Classroom

Language Arts in Seventh-day Adventist classrooms is taught through Pathways (2007+) which is a literacy based program organized around nine themes that encompass reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar, and phonics. Pathways uses award-winning trade books that motivate the children to want to read. The Daily Lesson Guide (DLG) guides the teacher in the presentation of the theme book. The 1-2 and 3-8 Teacher’s Manuals provide information and guidance to support a well rounded Pathways program. Additionally, the Chall-Popp Phonics Program assists students in learning the major phonological patterns in English.

In multigrade schools teachers can use P.R.E.P. , which is a comprehensive collection of documents including checklists, planning guides, cycle charts, and daily schedules that help the teacher in the organization and delivery of Pathways instruction for multi grade classroom.

Grades 1-2


Grade 1

Grades 3-4


Grade 4


Grade 3

Grades 5-6


Grade 5

Grades 7-8


Grade 8


Grade 7

In multigrade classrooms that include kindergarten, teachers have the option of using the kindergarten level of the NAD adopted textbooks or Kindergarten Stepping Stones which is the NAD integrated kindergarten curriculum.

K-2 BRIDGE is an integrated curriculum for K-1 or K-2 multigrade classrooms. Some units are currently available while others are in development.

Standards in education are a statement of what students should know (content knowledge) and be able to do (applicable skills) upon completing a course of study. Standards state in clear, concise terms what students are expected to learn. Standards identify the students’ learning destination, but much more is required to complete the educational journey. As goals for student learning, standards inform the development of curriculum, the implementation of instruction, and assessment for learning.

Just as standards for student learning do not describe in full the students’ learning journey, they also do not alone give meaning to student learning. The big ideas and essential questions of life are developed from many sources. Beyond the classroom, family and significant others in a young person’s life influence the student’s personal beliefs and values. A personal worldview is formed by students when they integrate the knowledge learned at school and from other sources into a coherent understanding of the learner’s world. A worldview also gives the learner a vision for how to use the skills acquired to participate in their community and improve themselves. Ultimately, a meaningful, productive life depends on a student’s core beliefs and values from an emerging worldview equipping them to assess the authenticity and relevance of their learning, and to intelligently utilize the knowledge and skills learned.

NAD Adopted Textbooks and Multigrade Organizational Resources

Kindergarten Stepping Stones (2011) | K

Kindergarten Stepping Stones is a complete curriculum for kindergarten that covers all subject areas.

Pathways (2006) | Grades 1-8

Pathways 2.0 will be implemented beginning 2019.

Order Forms

P.R.E.P. (Pathways Resources for Easy Planning) Manual (2012) | Grades 1-8

Here you will find a wealth of multigrade planning tools including checklists, planning guides, cycle charts, and daily schedules.

Pathways theme books

Comprehensive list of Pathways theme books organized by grade and theme.

A synopsis of each Pathways theme book, listed by themes, can be found here.

Pathways Multigrade Management CD

This DVD contains tips for multigrade management, grades 1–4. The flexibility in each Pathways allows for the combining, grouping, and cycling needed to manage the multigrade classroom.

K-2 BRIDGE (2017+) | grades k-2

is an integrated curriculum currently in development for K-1 or K-2 multigrade classrooms. This curriculum uses Stepping Stones and Pathways , and embeds all other subjects. Units 1–10 are now available. As other units are completed, they will also be available online.

Union Created Resources

Atlantic Union Conference

Teacher Bulletin (2000–2015)

Pacific union conference

PREP Pathway Resources for Easy Planning (2010)

Annotated Glossary

NAD Integrated Language Arts Program published by Kendall Hunt for grades 1-8.

Pathways Resources for Easy Planning is a multigrade tool for organizing and planning Language Arts in Grades 1-8.

K-2 BRIDGE is an option for K-1 or K-2 multigrade teachers trying to teach Pathways 1–2 and the new Kindergarten Stepping Stones .

The Daily Lesson Guide is a teaching plan in Pathways for each thematic study. The Daily Lesson Guide contains a detailed instructional plan for teaching comprehension, writing, literacy, and word structure skills within a cross-curricular and thematic focus.

Daily Oral Language is a routine designed to be a quick mini-lesson that can be taught with whole-class or small-group instruction.

The Writer’s Handbook is primarily a student resource book. Students keep this guide on their desks as a handy reference to use throughout the day.

The literature books that are the driving force behind Pathways . Each of the nine thematic studies is launched by a theme book.

This program assists students in learning the major phonological patterns in English. Students use workbooks, the only consumable component of Pathways. Phonics is taught through second grade.

The Pathways Teacher’s Manual contains information on guided reading implementation, comprehension strategies, reading and writing workshop, word study (which includes daily oral language, phonics, handwriting, and spelling), assessment options, working with the exceptional child, and the home-school partnership.

In Pathways , the guided reading books are books that children read at their own instructional level. Teachers use these to guide students to become better and more fluent readers. Guided reading books are in addition to the theme books. These books can be drawn from existing libraries and online sites.






Writer's Handbook

Theme Books

Chall-Popp Phonics

Teacher’s Manual

Guided Reading Books

Dusty Shelf

This curriculum is outdated and/or no longer in print. It is not on the approved NAD Textbook list and should not be used.

Life Reading Series (1983)


HBJ Language Medallion Edition (1993) | grades 1-8

Harcourt Brace & Co.

Houghton Mifflin English, (2004) | Grades 1–8

Houghton Mifflin 2004

Teaching Language Arts

Teaching Language Arts

Teaching Tip: Pathways helps you

lesson. You can then give differentiated

assignments and requirements.

combine subjects and concepts into one

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