Language is central to knowing, learning, and communicating. Literacy learning and habits begin in the home and community, and are further developed and reinforced in school. American Community School’s English Language Arts curriculum fosters the continuous development and integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and thinking. Our curriculum and teaching methodologies provide for a collaborative and responsive learning environment that honors choice, promotes goal-setting, encourages self-assessment, and engages learners.
Elementary and middle school students participate in reading and writing workshops, a purposefully planned instructional approach that combines explicit mini-lessons in content and skills with independent reading and writing time. In addition to focused whole-group lessons, teachers guide individual growth through conferencing and small-group, targeted instruction. In High School, students participate in a variety of literacy activities, including discussions and collaborative group work. Students experience multiple forms of expression, and receive ample feedback to meet their diverse needs as adolescents.
ACS is currently transitioning our English Language Arts curriculum to align to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, a comprehensive K-12 set of literacy learning outcomes that embrace literacy across the curriculum. These standards provide a coherent framework for effective preparation of our students to become college and career ready citizens of the 21st century.