Louisiana Guidebooks Support

Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, and additional support materials. If you have further questions, please reach out to Nancy Grandinetti at ngrandinetti@xanedu.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in a Unit Reader?

Unit Readers are available for all grades K-12.  Grades 3, 4, 7, and 8 are now in their 2nd Edition while grades 9-12 are brand new.  ALL Unit Readers include a wide range of publishers’ copyrighted content that requires permission for use such as original texts, book excerpts, photos, magazine articles and newspaper articles. XanEdu ensures copyright compliance and appropriately manages royalties. They are printed in black and white with color covers. LADOE recommends purchasing 1 Unit Reader per Student. To stay within copyright compliance, the unit readers should not be photocopied.

What is included in a Student Handouts?

Student Handouts are available for grades 3-12 and can be downloaded for free. Grades 3-8 Student Handouts were updated in fall 2019. Student Handouts include the graphic organizers, written exercises, vocabulary lists, activities, graphs and charts to help students organize their thoughts on the lessons. They have minimal copyrighted content and are licensed to print or photocopy for the classroom. We provide them pre-printed with page numbers for convenience. LADOE recommends providing 1 copy per student. We also provide a small discount when the Unit Readers and Student Handouts are purchased together.

Do I have to purchase all five Units per grade Level?

LADOE recommends implementing up to 4 units per grade in a school year. The choice and order of units is a local decision. Grades K-4 Unit Readers include all 5 Units while grades 5-12 Units are purchased individually. You can find the ELA guidebooks unit progression here.

What's new in Guidebooks for the 2020-21 school year?

Grades 9-12 materials are all new for the 2020-21 school year. The pricing and release date schedule is now available and includes student handout and teacher resource guide availability. The ELA Guidebooks (9 -12) 2020 overview can be found here.

How much do the Unit Readers and Student Handouts cost?

Pricing for the Unit Readers, Student Handouts, Teacher Resource Guides, and Continuous Learning Companions is provided on the Price List page.  We provide a small discount when the Unit Reader and Student Handouts are purchased together.

How do the Guidebooks address distance learning?

The LDOE has created Continuous Learning Guidebook Companions to help you implement Guidebooks in analog or low tech learning situations. The availability schedule and the LDOE’s implementation guide can be found here.  The ELA Guidebooks distance learning strong start instructional materials document can be found here.

Where do I purchase the Anchor Texts?

The Louisiana Department of Education Partners with American Reading Company to provide affordable anchor text classroom bundles.

How do I access the most recent version of ELA Guidebooks lessons?

To access the most recent versions of the Grades 3-12 Lessons, visit the LDOE’s curriculum hub. Grades K-2 can be accessed using the links below.  


1st Grade

2nd Grade

What is the difference between Louisiana Department of Education’s Guidebooks and LearnZillion’s Guidebooks?

ELA Guidebooks Curriculum is a free open source curriculum created by the Louisiana Department of Education. It was created by teachers for teachers to better support the diverse needs of Louisiana Students. The curriculum is available on the Louisiana Curriculum Hub and includes lesson plans, complex and informational texts (text excerpts, poems, photos, etc. ) in addition to the required anchor texts (novels). Louisiana partners with XanEdu to provide affordable Unit Readers, Student Handouts, Teacher Companions, Teacher Resource Guides, and Continuous Learning Companions and partner with American Reading Company to provide affordable anchor text bundles. LearnZillion Guidebooks is a subscription service that combines the LADOE’s ELA Guidebooks Curriculum with LearnZillions digital and print solutions.

What are my binding options?

The default binding for both the Unit Readers and Student Handouts is three-hole punched and individually shrink-wrapped.  Districts are also able to combine unit readers and student handouts into one customized workbook. Your district chooses the unit(s), sequence and binding. Contact Nancy Grandinetti to learn more about your options to create a perfect bound workbook with perforated sheets (alternate binding options available).


Accessing Updated ELA GuideBooks

Support Materials

Download this step-by-step guide to Accessing Updated ELA Guidebooks.

The ELA Guidebooks Materials Access Guide  provides all of the materials information teachers need to implement an ELA Guidebooks 3-8 (2018), 9-12 (2016) or 9-12 (2020) unit.


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