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English - Language Arts - Program of Studies

Our Vision: It is our intention to empower our students to become critical independent readers, skillful writers, and effective communicators that will enable them to develop into well-informed, active participants in our democratic society.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades K-5

Foundational Skills

“Students gain a working knowledge of concepts of print, alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions. These foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather, students apply them as effective readers.”

Reading Informational
Text

“Students read, understand, and respond to informational text—with an emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making connections among ideas and between texts with a focus on textual evidence.”

Reading Literature

“Students read and respond to works of literature—with emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making connections among ideas and between texts with focus on textual evidence.”

Writing

“Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.” Students are expected to write in these genre: informative, narrative, and opinion. They are also expected to respond to literature in writing and demonstrate their understanding of the text.

Speaking and Listening

“Students present appropriately in formal speaking situations, listen critically, and respond intelligently as individuals or in group discussions.”


MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sixth Grade

Read a balance of informational texts and works of literature; Develop comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and connecting authors purpose through text-based evidence; Narrative, informative, and argumentative writing for various perspectives; Conduct research; Speak and present formally and listen critically in group discussions.

Seventh Grade

Read both fiction and non-fiction novels, excerpts, and short stories with exposure to a variety of literary styles and writers; Analyze elements of text through literature circles and reading workshop; Study of grammar, including parts of speech; Vocabulary acquisition through Greek and Latin root words, prefixes, and suffixes; Conduct research and engage in formal presentations; Narrative, argumentative, and informational writing.

Eighth Grade

Use multiple works of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, to study thematic units and analyze of literary elements; Engage in independent reading, literature circles and reading workshop; Study grammatical phrases and diagram sentence structure; Focus on text analysis, narrative, expository, and research-based essays.


HIGH SCHOOL

Ninth Grade

Language, Literature, and Writing I

Tenth Grade

Language, Literature, and Writing II

Eleventh Grade

Language, Literature, and Writing III
AP English Language

Twelfth Grade

Language, Literature, and Writing IV
AP English Language


HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES

Grades 9-12

Actor’s Workshop
Art, Literature, and Ideas
British Writers/American Humanities
Creative Writing
Journalism Today
Public Speaking
S.A.T. Verbal Preparation
Yearbook