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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.

By Grade Level

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)