EVERGREEN CHARTER SCHOOLEnglish Language Arts
OUR LITERACY CURRICULUM
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.
Grades K – 5 Curriculum
- Pearson MyView Reading Program: MyView is a research-based, comprehensive English Language Arts program designed to provide solid instruction in skill mastery through authentic text that is clear, focused, and needed for college and career readiness.
- Engage New York Modules: Modules are infused in content areas where applicable to provide students with additional authentic reading materials with the focus to build on students’ literacy skills as they develop knowledge about the world.
- Fundations: Fundations is a multi-sensory, systematic and sequential word study program that helps develop a foundation of early literacy skills for our youngest learners. The program involves daily 30-minute lessons, which focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, and vocabulary development.
- Words Their Way: The Word Study In Action Developmental Model uses the research-based developmental approach to word study that is student-centered and assessment driven, focusing on the progression of word knowledge (the development of phonics, spelling, word recognition, and vocabulary).
- Authentic literature: Authentic literature is utilized within guided reading and novel study groups, literature circles, read-alouds and independent reading.
- Pearson MyView Writing Program supplemented by WriteSteps Writing and Grammar Program: The basic framework for writing includes mini-lessons, anchor and mentor texts, shared, guided, interactive and independent writing, small group and individual conferences, and publishing. Interactive whiteboard lessons and visual aids are utilized to enhance student engagement. The program empowers students and teachers to communicate about qualities of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions.
- i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction: i-Ready is an online, interactive learning environment designed to assess students (comprehension, phonological awareness, phonics, high frequency words and vocabulary) and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique needs in accordance with Common Core Standards.
Reading instruction is a key component of the daily curriculum. It gives students the opportunity to learn independently and analyze information; both important skills as they advance to higher education. The goal for our students each year is to strengthen their reading skills and develop a lifetime love of reading.
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.