English Language Arts (ELA)
Students in all grades K-8 learn reading and writing strategies and skills through teacher modeling, guided practice and independent reading and writing time. Through daily reader’s and writer’s workshop time, students learn to live as a reader and writer, thinking critically about texts and generating numerous narrative, informational and opinion writing pieces over the course of a year.
Teachers: Mrs. Wynveen/Mrs. DeJong (grade 6), Mrs. Subat (grade 7), Ms. Vandoske (grade 8)
Teaching Materials or Text(s): Writing Workshop by Lucy Calkins; Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing
Syllabus Highlights: With the grade-level Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, K–8, students will:
- receive a comprehensive workshop curriculum in opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing;
- be challenged with high-level thinking through regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique;
- build writing independence and fluency;
- be provided a ladder of exemplar texts that model writing progressions across the middle school grades
- develop and refine strategies for writing across the curriculum;
- take strategic performance assessments to help teachers monitor mastery and differentiate instruction.