Language Arts Classes Overview

Language Arts classes are vertically aligned using the Common Core standards. As in every subject, teachers create unit plans following the backwards-planning philosophy of starting with end result, or final assessments, in mind. At the beginning of each quarter, teachers identify 3-5 Academic Outcomes that are rooted in Common Core standards, that will drive instruction, and from which teachers will assess student learning. These outcomes are cyclical so that students can dig deep throughout the year and with a variety of texts to read, lead discussions, and drive writing products. Examples of Academic Outcomes include: Determine themes in plays and demonstrate them through writing (CCSS.LA.6.RL.6.2); Make inferences and use evidence to support that inference ( LA.7.RL.CCR.1); Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4). Teachers provide mastery language to improve writing for all students. Writing products are closely aligned to texts read in class. Students read a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, and texts relevant to the experiences of today’s young men. In addition to reading and writing, students engage in a number of discussion protocols including Socratics seminars, fishbowl discussions, and conferences with peers and teachers to engage with texts and each other. Above all, our students are given the opportunity to read real books that are at their respective levels in order to develop a passion and joy for reading. Additionally, authentic writing experiences are provided in class to make the writing tasks and overall learning more engaging, meaningful, and impactful.