Language Arts

The Buzz Aldrin English Language Arts Staff

Ms. Atara Bernheim
Ms. Patricia Duddy
Ms. Michele Kinnas
Ms. Jennifer Kosuda
Ms. Maria McDonald
Ms. Gayle Murphy
Mr. Eric Polhill
Ms. Gail Robinson
Ms. Patricia Thomas

The English Language Arts curriculum supports our district goals with emphasis on all areas of ELA: reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. At each grade level, there are two core novels and additional literature (novels, essays, short stories, poetry) that aligns with our curriculum. There is a deliberate inclusion of gender, ethnic, and economic diversity represented in these literary choices. Students are taught skills to develop fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking.

Another essential component of our language arts curriculum is process writing. Our students are taught all phases of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Writing is encouraged in all its forms, with creativity, structure and analysis stressed equally. Grammar instruction is also a component of the total writing experience.

Speaking, listening, and viewing are also embedded in the literature units taught in the language arts classes. Speaking confidently and fluently in a variety of situations is important for personal, academic and professional success. Through active listening in group settings, students further develop critical thinking skills. Finally, connections are made to media to expand our understanding of the world in which we live.

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