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.