The English Language Arts department recognizes that meaning and thought is constructed in language. Through the enjoyment and analysis of a diverse range of texts, students are empowered to use language to express themselves, develop strong relationships, and contribute to the world.
As an English Language Arts program, we value:
- the joyful, inspiring, and challenging study of diverse texts – including digital and multimodal texts – within their particular historical, social, and cultural contexts.
- the self-knowledge and global understanding that a deep engagement in the study of these texts brings.
- the role of student choice in the learning process.
- purposeful, authentic spoken and written communication.
- empowering students to become critical consumers and producers of texts and media.
- creating lifelong readers and writers.
We believe that students learn English Language Arts best when they:
- are taught literacy skills across the curriculum.
- have access to rich and diverse texts which grow them as readers.
- are encouraged to access their full linguistic and cultural repertoire, experiences, and interests as they make sense of texts.
- have choice in the texts they interact with and create.
- can learn in a supportive and collaborative environment.
- have access to literacy instruction and assessment that is based on shared standards.
- receive explicit, individualized instruction and opportunities for practice along with timely and targeted feedback.
When developing our English Language Arts curriculum, the standards are based on The Common Core Standards.