• English Language Arts

    English language arts can best be described as the vehicles of communication by which we live, work, share and build ideas. Contained within the English language arts are the process skills and strategies used in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Content includes the ideas, themes, issues, problems, and conflicts found in classical and contemporary literature and other texts, such as technical manuals, periodicals, speeches and videos. The ideas, experiences, and cultural perspectives we discover in texts help us shape our vision of the world.

    The ultimate goal is for students to communicate skillfully and effectively through printed, visual, auditory, and technological media in the home, school, community and workplace.

    Elementary Language Arts

    Our elementary language arts programs are structured around Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop.

    Reader’s Workshop Framework:

    Mini lesson – whole group, direct instruction with one clear and concise teaching point
    Independent work – students read “just right” books independently, with partners, or small groups and then respond to the reading in a reader’s notebook or group discussion; students are encouraged and expected to apply and practice the teaching points made during the mini lesson

    Share – teacher chooses students to share their insights and experiences from their independent reading time as it relates to the mini lesson

    Writer’s Workshop Framework:

    Mini lesson – whole group, direct instruction with one clear and concise teaching point

    Writing and conferring – students continue writing in their writer’s notebook making decisions about what they would like to do as a writer that day; the teacher moves around the room conferring with individual students or small groups to provide additional support and instruction as needed

    Share – teacher reviews the teaching point from the mini lesson and shares with the class some of the writing successes noticed while moving around the room; students are asked to share a line or two from their writing that illustrates the lesson for the day

    Middle School Language Arts

    Our middle school language arts programs are built around thematic units using a variety of literature and informational texts. Within each thematic unit, students participate in theme lessons, comprehension strategy lessons, book club discussions, book club projects, personal reflections, written essays, and/or oral presentations.

    6th Grade Units:
    Showing True Colors
    The Need to Belong
    Pursuit of a Goal
    Taking Risks

    7th Grade Units:
    Who I Am
    Letting Others In
    Showing Courage
    Life’s Lessons

    8th Grade Units:
    Short Stories
    Fooled by Appearances
    Unlikely Heroes
    Struggling for Survival

    High School Language Arts

    Our high school language arts program comes from the Michigan Merit Curriculum. High school students are required to earn 4 English credits. These credits are earned through the following course sequences:

    English 9 (one credit)

    English 10 – American Literature (one credit)

    English 11 – World Literature (one credit)

    Electives: One semester Literature/writing class (.5 credit)

    One semester Oral Communications (.5 credit)