At Evergreen Charter School our mission is to nurture the intellectual, physical and social development of all of our students. Our overarching literacy belief is that every student can become a competent reader and writer. To that end, we have developed a program of balanced literacy instruction that allows students to have meaningful and rigorous literacy experiences. This approach helps students increase their proficiency in the five interrelated processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking, while integrating these processes within all teaching and learning experiences.
Our balanced literacy framework is a flexible organizational and planning model used to engage students in literacy experiences that motivate them to be life-long readers. This framework uses current research on evidence-based best practices in literacy. Classroom teachers use an approach that allows scaffolding and differentiation of instruction based on the students’ instructional levels. Through skillful questioning techniques, our students are taught to think critically at high and complex levels. Our program of study is aligned to the New York State Common Core (and integrating the Next Generation Learning Standards) based on NY State curricula guidelines.
Students are immersed in literacy through a daily three period ELA block. Students are exposed to a wide range of genres and materials that include fiction, non-fiction, narrative, poetry, chapter books, text-books, newspapers, encyclopedias, journals as well as electronic sources. Technology is integrated throughout the literacy program. The focus of our program of study is to teach students to become thoughtful and strategic readers and writers . In order to teach these strategies, we use high-quality children’s literature that aligns with the Next Generation Learning Standards and that allows students opportunities to apply strategies in contexts that will make them lifelong learners and thinkers. Complex texts are used as anchor and mentor texts for both reading and writing instruction.
Grade six ELA focuses on four main areas: (1) citing textual evidence to support analysis and interpretation of texts; (2) determining the themes, main ideas, and purposes of texts; (3) understanding and describing the development of textual elements; and (4) analyzing and evaluating arguments based on strength of evidence and logical reasoning. Students will be transitioning from elementary to middle school and the level of academic expectations and rigor is likely to be a significant departure from what they have previously experienced. ELA 6 is structured so that students develop gradual comfort with the increased academic expectations of middle school ELA. This course introduces the student to AeroSTEM Academy’s college preparatory expectations for reading and writing.
Students will focus on comprehending, analyzing, and evaluating complex texts, both fiction and nonfiction. Students practice writing, speaking, listening and utilizing skills needed for success in college and career. Moreover, the course will integrate grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary lessons.
In the culminating middle school ELA course, students will focus on reading and writing fluency in preparation for high school, college, and career readiness. Special emphasis is placed on historical fiction and primary sources. Additionally, the course will integrate grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary lessons.