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English/Language Arts

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English/Language Arts

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The English/Language Arts program aims to prepare our students to be critical thinkers, purposeful readers and expressive, effective communicators. The department’s curricula upholds the district’s core values of equity, excellence, collaboration and innovation. Students are provided with generous amounts of close, purposeful reading opportunities using authentic, diverse texts. Additionally, students participate in text-based discussions where they exercise analytical and critical reasoning skills. 

Language Arts Instructional Principles & Beliefs

The New Jersey Department of Education outlines the following for high-quality literacy instruction: 
  • Literature and informational (nonfiction) text are important for our students and should maintain their rightful place in our classrooms;
  • Background knowledge and motivation are critical to the success of students when learning to read and when accessing complex text;
  • Research by students provides the opportunity to learn more about a subject, but equally as important, provides students the opportunity to look beyond their research to questions left unanswered (new avenues for student research);
  • Using evidence remains a critical skill, interspersed throughout the standards, allowing students to ground their thinking in the work of authors and experts in literature and in the content areas;
  • Literacy must be recognized and guided in content areas so that students recognize the academic vocabulary, media representations, and power of language inherent in the work of scholars and experts, and;
  • The importance of foundational skills in the early grades, as students learn to read, cannot be overstated and calls for targeted, sustained intervention at any point of struggle for a student.

New Jersey Student Learning Standards - English/ Language Arts

Director of School Innovation, English/Language Arts and ESL 
Ms. Patricia Dent
Phone: 201-862-2321