The goal of the Language Arts program is to develop literacy through a balanced, student-centered approach, which focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing language foundations. Literacy skills are embedded across the curriculum.
The program allows students to:
- Engage thoughtfully with a wide variety of literary and informational media forms, from many periods in many genres;
- Use language in authentic contexts for a variety of purposes and audiences;
- Use a variety of literacy skills and strategies to make meaning, ask questions, and express ideas;
- Use Literacy in different contexts to make connections, enlarge experience, and broaden worldviews.
The Language Arts curriculum focuses on the following standards:
Apply listening and speaking skills & strategies to communicate effectively:
- Listen actively in a variety of contexts;
- Speak effectively for a variety of purposes;
- Critically view a variety of images and media forms (gather, analyze, evaluate);
- Present ideas and understandings appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Apply reading skills and strategies to comprehend a variety of texts:
- Apply concepts of words and print;
- Apply strategies to derive meaning from words and develop vocabulary;
- Use skills and strategies before, during and after reading to construct meaning;
- Demonstrate effective reading behaviors.
Use writing skills and strategies for different purposes and audience:.
- Use a writing process (plan, draft, revise, edit, publish);
- Apply appropriate writing conventions;
- Apply appropriate strategies to write in a variety of forms;
- Demonstrate effective writing behaviors.