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Yugtun Language Arts

The Yugtun Language Arts (YLA) curricular materials comprise pacing guides, lesson plans, anthologies, daily routine recommendations, assessment tools, and additional supplemental resources available both in print and digital form. These will be discussed further in the video below.


YLA lessons are structured around a four-day consecutive cycle with assigned paired-text readings (i.e., for Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday) followed by a combined examination of both texts on the fifth day. The elements that are to be interactively taught within a daily lesson include: phonological awareness/phonics/High Frequency Words, vocabulary, reading & comprehension, and writing. It is highly recommended that teachers of Yugtun Language Arts utilize the curriculum maps and lesson plans as a guide to both plan and deliver instruction in the language of instruction.


Based on the language assessment that is administered when students enter kindergarten, students who demonstrate stronger Yup’ik language skills receive YLA as their primary literacy instruction in K-1. In second grade and beyond, students receive equal minutes in YLA and ELA instruction. 


Additionally, all students in K-6th grade are assessed three times per year using the Yugtun Curriculum Based Measurement (Y-CBM) which assesses early literacy skills.  The Y-CBM testing administration aligns with the MAPs testing schedule.


Also, the Yugtun Piciryaranek Qaneryaranek-llu Cuqyun (YPQC) is administered annually.  It takes place in the Spring during the same window as the WIDA Access for ELLs.  The YPQC assesses six subsets of Yugtun communication (listening, speaking, reading, writing, non-verbal, and worldview).

K-5 Yugtun Language Arts

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Four Volumes: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

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1st Grade

Four Volumes: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

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2nd Grade

Three Volumes: 1-3, 4-5, 6-8

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3rd Grade

Four Volumes: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

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4th Grade

Three Volumes: 1-3, 4-5, 6-8

5th Grade

K-6 Pacing Guides

Comprehensive weekly lesson plans for K-5 YLA include lesson objectives, key vocabulary, and guidance on using the Kalikanek Naaqinariuq text. 

Curriculum Maps and further information for K-6 YLA can be found here

All LKSD Yugtun Curriculum including lesson plans for Science and Social Studies can be found here on the Yugtun Curriculum website

Supplemental Resources

The following apps are available through "self- service" on all LKSD iPads


This website provides 2 way translation between English- Yugtun and provides an audio library to support listening skills

This Yup'ik dictionary was created by UAF and is great for use in any grade level.

Some of our teachers have encouraged their students to use this when creating student generated alphabets (SGAs) 

This print resource is appropriate for use in higher levels, i.e. grades 6-12

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Tad Lindley if you have additional questions or concerns

How do I sign in?

In order to access the YLA curriculum you must be logged into your LKSD email account. If you have another gmail-based account you may have to log out of that.

I am teaching Grade 1, Unit 7, Week 1, and it directs me to use Ak’allaat Ayagassuutet. I have no idea what this is or where to find it since it is not in the Grade 1 Kalikanek Naaqinariuq. What should I do?

In cases like this, please email with the name of the book you need (in this case, Ak’allaat Ayagassuutet) and the number of copies. In the subject line. He will provide you with what you need. 


The lesson tells me, “Day 1 of Unit: Building Background Video Play video.” Where is the video?

Unfortunately there are no links to some of the resources required. In this case, you must prepare ahead with something that you are able to find from YouTube or other online sources. 

How do I get more textbooks?

If you need more books, check in the textbook storage, if there is nothing on site, contact with the name of the book you need. He cannot get the Kalikaneq Naarinariuq series, but he can get the story books for you.

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