English Language Arts
Pearson Common Core Literature
The English Language Arts course provides a balance of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language usage. The course is presented in two 45 minute blocks of time.
The reading component of ELA emphasizes the development of critical reading skills. A variety of literature and informational text of increasing difficulty is used. Through close reading, critical writing, class discussions, and presentations, students deepen their ability to analyze, evaluate, and critique text independently. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening. Technology is used thoughtfully to enhance and integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.
The Language Arts component emphasizes specific writing types such as arguments, informative/explanatory, and narratives in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Students demonstrate increasing knowledge in all aspects of language usage. A variety of literature and informational texts are utilized as models to improve writing skills.