English Language Arts includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and literature, and language (sentencing and grammar). Most units of study will include all of these as well as Fine Arts.
All ELA work is based on AZ state standards.
Students work with articles, short stories and texts to develop critical reading skills such as sequencing, summarizing, compare and contrast, fact and opinion, and cause and effect and ELA content such as poetry elements of literature, author style and viewpoint, and literature language. In addition, students participate in several Socratic Discussions where they practice active listening and speaking skills. Students will work extensively in both explanatory and argumentative writing. All grammar and sentencing work is completed within ELA units.
Novels we use to gain new skills and content are Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, Chasing Lincoln's Killer and PEAK by Roland Smith. Short stories and a possible 4th book will be determined dependent on student needs and interests.
Finally, students will demonstrate their collection of skills in the integrated unit at the end of the year.