myPerspectives, Grades 6-12

myPerspectives is a dynamic and powerful ELA program for NYC students grades 6-12 and provides interactive, engaging, and culturally relevant learning through diverse texts, meaningful activities, and purposeful performance tasks. This teacher-inspired, student-centered program cultivates student ownership of learning and student voices and perspectives.

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myPerspectives English Language Arts

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myPerspectives Program Profile

NYC teachers can rest assured knowing the New York State Next Generation learning standards are being addressed while engaging students with a vertically aligned scope and sequence.

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Unpacking the Program


Materials include a Student Edition (consumable or Hardcover option), Teacher’s Edition, and all resources available digitally on Realize. 

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Instructional Design


The myPerspectives unit allows students to share their voices as they explore different perspectives around an Essential Question. Students will learn to have empathy for others as they appreciate and respect others’ differences while listening to the perspectives of their peers, discuss the texts and the Essential Question, and draw on their diverse backgrounds as they develop their own perspectives on the unit theme.


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Lessons in Action

Hook & Inspire

HOOK & INSPIRE students with songs, art, charts, infographics, and statistics. myPerspectives provides a curated collection of resources to save you time and help you personalize your teaching. These resources are the same kinds of ways you HOOK & INSPIRE students every day – only we’ve done the work for you. You can build your own Playlist of media, short texts, novel connections, and extension activities to make literature fun, relevant, and exciting.

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Digital Assets


Savvas Realize™ is one of the edtech industry’s most versatile learning management systems. It provides NYC teachers and students with a unified digital ecosystem. With one login at the Teacher Hub, Realize includes New York State Next Generation for English Language Arts-aligned content, resources, and assessments. It’s engineered to support teachers with seamless LMS integration, auto rostering, and optimized content for distance learning.


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Google Integration

myPerspectives content on Realize seamlessly integrates with your Google Classroom™ LMS. Just click “Share with Google Classroom” and Realize will do the rest for you.


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Distance Learning Support

With many districts relying on some form of distance learning, Savvas has responded by developing new digital tools and instructional resources to benefit teachers, students, and parents.

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Assessment Callout

myPerspectives assessments provide alignment to DOK levels, answer keys with standards, and benchmark assessments include Interpretation Guides that provide remediation support as well.

Additional resources in the program include rubrics and checklists built directly into the Student Edition to support students in setting goals, writing, and speaking and listening.

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Differentiation & Language Support


Teachers have access to scaffolding strategies and tools for differentiated instruction throughout the curriculum, including formative assessments, remediation opportunities, and reading support for each text. Support suggestions are based on complexity rubrics and give teachers appropriate differentiation options for all levels of learners, including English learners, below-level readers, and advanced students. Targeted support in myPerspectives includes Accessible Leveled Texts, Assignable English and Spanish Audio Summaries, English Language Support Lessons, Teacher’s Edition highlighted passages, and additional remediation resources to provide opportunities for students to practice and learn skills taught in the core program. myPerspectives serves the needs of all learners. 

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Family Support


NYC Parents’ Corner

All the information you need to access and use Savvas Realize™ to support your student's academic growth.


Parent User Guides


Check out the Savvas Realize Parent User Guide, which is available in the following languages:

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Authorship and Research


myPerspectives English Language Arts Grades 6-12 was developed and informed by a team of respected experts whose experiences working with students and study of instructional best practices have positively impacted education. From the evolving role of the teacher to how students learn in a digital age, our authors bring new ideas, innovations, and strategies that transform teaching and learning in today’s competitive and interconnected world.

Jim Cummins, PhD

Jim Cummins, Ph.D.
is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in multilingual school contexts as well as on the potential roles of technology in promoting language and literacy development. In recent years, he has been working actively with teachers to identify ways of increasing the literacy engagement of learners in multilingual school contexts.

Expertise: English Language Learners and English Language Development
White Paper: The Central Roles of Language Awareness and Literacy Engagement in Accelerating Students’ Academic Development  
White Paper: Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction: The Central Role of Literacy Engagement  

Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher@KellyGToGo
teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he has been teaching for more than 30 years. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach. Outside of his work with students and educators, Kelly loves watching baseball, playing with his dog, Scout, reading, hiking and spending time with his family. Kelly’s latest book is In the Best Interest of Students (Stenhouse/February 2015).

Expertise: Writing, Close Reading, and the Role of the Teacher
White Paper: New Perspectives in Building Readers and Writers  
White Paper: Teaching and Supporting Writing and Close Reading in the Classroom  

Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert, PhD

Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert, Ph.D.@freddywrites
is President and CEO of TextProject, a nonprofit that provides resources to support higher reading levels. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Hiebert has worked in the field of early reading acquisition for 45 years, first as a teacher’s aide and teacher of primary-level students in California and, subsequently, as a teacher and researcher. Her research addresses how fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge can be fostered through appropriate texts.

Expertise: Vocabulary, Text Complexity, and Assessment
White Paper: Text Complexity Systems: A Teacher’s Toolkit  

Ernest Morrell, Ph.D.

Ernest Morrell, Ph.D.@ernestmorrell
is the Coyle Professor and the Literacy Education Director at Notre Dame Center, English and Africana Studies Departments Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives. He was the Macy Professor of English Education and former Director of Teachers College’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), Columbia University; a class of 2014 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association; and the Past-President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Dr. Morrell also received recognition for being one of the top 100 university-based education scholars in the 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Ranking. He is also an award-winning published author.

Expertise: Assessment, Writing and Research, Student Engagement, and Collaborative Learning
White Paper: New Directions in Literacy Teaching: Engaging Readers and Writers in 21st Century K-12 Classrooms  
White Paper: Cultural Responsiveness and Engagement
in Classrooms
White Paper: Becoming Powerful Readers of the Word and the World: Promoting Multicultural Readings of Children’s and Young Adult Literature  

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