English Language Arts: 3-8

  • A comprehensive classroom literacy program must encompass reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Teachers are expected to integrate all of these components as they teach literature and content in order to address the New York State Learning Standards.

    Through current research and best practices in literacy education the District has identified guidelines that will assist all students in securing a solid foundation in literacy:

    • 3-5 classrooms are organized around a minimum of 2 hours of daily literacy instruction

    • 6-8 classrooms provide students with a minimum of 4 hours of direct ELA instruction per week. Many literacy skills are embedded into other content areas extending this learning time.

    • The District supports a Balanced Literacy Framework through the utilization of resources including those found on Engageny

    • Instruction will provide explicit teaching, guided practice, independent practice, reflection, and sharing

    • Instructional decisions will be determined through ongoing assessment, both formative and summative

    • Targeted instruction based on assessment will be provided in small and large flexible groups
    • Next Generation Learning Standards - What parents need to know