Welcome to English Language Arts 6-12

Secondary English Language Arts Mission Statement

The mission of the Secondary (6-12) English Language Arts Department is to provide instructional leadership in English Language Arts that supports district school communities in preparing students for college and career. We collaborate with teachers and other stakeholders to build their capacity to respond to student needs by providing standards-based curriculum documents and assessments and professional development in effective research-based literacy strategies, so that all students graduate with the requisite communication skills to become contributing members of society.

Secondary English Language Arts Vision Statement

We believe that providing every student with a rigorous curriculum designed to advance students through the grades and master the NJ Student Learning Standards for English Language Arts in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language will prepare them for the complexities and increasing demands of the 21st Century. From grade 6 through grade 12, students will increasingly:

  • demonstrate independence
  • understand one’s own thought process
  • build strong content knowledge
  • respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
  • comprehend as well as critique
  • value evidence
  • use technology and digital media strategically and capably
  • come to understand other perspectives and cultures

Here to Assist You

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Statue of two students reading, sitting on a globe with outstretched wings facing out between the two children on one side.

Once you learn to read,
you will be forever free.
Frederick Douglas

You Should Know

To learn more about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, please visit the following website: www.corestandards.org

Our primary goal is to develop proficiency in the skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language to ensure that our students are Career and College Ready, and therefore able to:

• Demonstrate Independence,

• Build Strong Content Knowledge

• Respond to the Varying Demands of Audience, Task, Purpose, and Discipline,

• Comprehend As Well As Critique,

• Value Evidence,

• Use Technology and Digital Media Strategically and Capably

• Come to Understand Other Perspectives and Cultures

The following are Key Features of the English Language Arts Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12:

Reading (Literature and Informational Texts & Foundational Skills for Kindergarten through Grade 5): Text Complexity and the growth of comprehension

  • Writing: Text types, responding to reading, and research
  • Speaking and Listening: Flexible communication and collaboration
  • Language: Conventions, effective use, and vocabulary
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades 6-12
  • Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12

The reading program uses a balanced literacy approach that includes the following components: read alouds, shared reading, guided reading, literature study, and independent reading. The program integrates history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Also, it provides a wide range of informational and narrative genres in a readers’ workshop environment which includes class, small group, and individualized instruction and learning.

The writing program is implemented in a writer’s workshop environment where students learn components of good writing, use computers to research and write, and produce writing on a given topic during the writing process.

Speaking & Listening and Language are integrated in the reading and writing programs in grades K- 12.

Mrs. Perkins, Madison Ave. School. She said that it is a “great site for 3,4,5 grade teachers that illustrates the skills that the teachers need to teach students in kid friendly terms”. Teachers with Smart Boards and other projector devices may use this website: www.learnzillion.com

Ms. Duncan, Union Avenue Middle School. She feels “that this is an informative website that can help the teachers when developing their lesson plans in alignment with the new standards. After each new standard, it gives a link for lesson plans and websites”. www.uen.org/Lessonplan/LPview?core=1

Mrs. Guzman “found a great animated video on teaching syllables, that my students have enjoyed very much. The students in my class have used this strategy to determine how many syllables a word has. I’m looking forward to the results of our next assessment on syllables. I hope that this link will help teachers in the district with teaching this concept”. Click here to Download: Syllable Lesson Video.zip