Literacy / English Language Arts in Connecticut, and in the Sterling Community School, at the early grades focus on providing high-quality instruction to ensure the prevention of potential reading difficulties. Competencies include word identification skills, including fluent and accurate word identification while reading in context, comprehension, spelling and writing.
The English Language Arts Program at the Sterling Community School in the early grades (Pre-K-Grade 3) focuses on providing students high-quality instruction to proactively address and/or prevent potential reading difficulties. Competencies include word identification skills, including fluent and accurate word identification while reading in context, comprehension strategies, and response to literature through writing. From Grade 4 through Grade 8, literacy focuses on building student aptitude with reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and presentation skills within the English Language Arts and across all content areas, e.g., mathematics, social studies, science.
The major components of the English Language Arts program are as follows:
Reading and Responding
Students read, comprehend and respond in individual, literal, critical, and evaluative ways to literary, informational and persuasive texts in multimedia formats.
Exploring and Responding to Literature
Students read and respond to classical and contemporary texts from many cultures and literary periods.
Communicating with Others
Students produce written, oral and visual texts to express, develop and substantiate ideas and experiences.
Applying English Language Conventions
Students apply the conventions of Standard English in oral, written and visual communication.