CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The Harrison Central School District's English language Arts Department aims to develop the necessary literacy skills that enable learners to reason and use language purposefully as they comprehend, construct and convey meaning across all grade levels.
ELEMENTARY K-5: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The K-5 ELA program aims to develop English language skills in the four modalities of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In alignment with the ELA Common Core Standards, ELA content expectations are defined as exit outcomes by grade level and increase in level of complexity as they go up the grade levels. These skills are introduced in the context of a variety of text genres, such as informational, literature, and poetry, using texts that expand readers’ and writers’ range and ability. Instruction is delivered within the construct of the Balanced Literacy approach through the use of the workshop model. The Harrison Central School District has adopted the program Fundations in Grades K-2 to address phonics and phonological awareness, which aids in spelling and writing. We also use tools from Schoolwide, Inc. to enhance our reading and writing curriculum.
Grade K: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics & Word Recognition, Comprehension, and Fluency
Grade 1: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics & Word Recognition, Comprehension, and Fluency
Grade 2: Phonics & Word Recognition, Comprehension, and Fluency
Grade 3: Phonics & Word Recognition, Comprehension, and Fluency
Grade 4: Phonics & Word Recognition, Comprehension, and Fluency
Grade 5: Phonics & Word Recognition, Comprehension, and Fluency
New York State Common Core ELA Assessments in Grades 3, 4 & 5
MIDDLE SCHOOL 6-8: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The goal of the English Language Arts program in the middle grades is to continue the development of literate, thoughtful communicators who are capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich world. With the aid of tools such as SpringBoard from the College Board and anchored in the expectations of the Common Core Student Standards, specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing are refined through thematically-based units of study in the Human Experience.
Literacy skills and strategies are used widely as tools for learning and reflection. Exploring a variety of core texts from multiple genres, students understand and appreciate language, information and literature as catalysts for deep thought and emotion. Students are expected to read self-selected texts aligned to the units being studied based on their interest and individual reading level in addition to core texts studied in class.
Grade 6: Theme - "Changes in Me" - Read and analyze key ideas in print and non-print texts, write narrative, informational and persuasive texts, share in collaborative discussions
Grade 7: Theme -"The Choices We Make" - Study texts of multiple genres to analyze textual evidence and inference making of organizational structure and critique author's craft.
Grade 8: Theme - "Challenges" - Students analyze and evaluate a variety of expository and literary texts for concepts, structure, and language. Critical thinking is fostered through the synthesis of ideas and creation of arguments based on text evidence.
New York State Common Core ELA Assessments in Grades 6,7 & 8
HIGH SCHOOL 9-12: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The English Language Arts curriculum at Harrison High School is the last stage in the process of preparation of students with the necessary language skills to become college and career ready. Students read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding, for literary response and expression, for critical analysis and evaluation, and for social interaction. Works of literature whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries offer profound insights into the human condition and serve as models for students’ own thinking and writing. Through wide and deep reading of literature and literary nonfiction of steadily increasing sophistication, students acquire cultural schemata that will serve them in the development of their ability to analyze and evaluate intricate arguments.
The writing program prepares students to assert and defend claims demonstrating expertise on certain subjects. College-and career-ready writers consider their task, purpose and audience as well as their vocabulary, syntax and structure to communicate effectively in writing and are adept at researching topics, evaluating sources, citing material accurately, and drawing conclusions and reporting their ideas in a clear and cogent manner. Throughout the program, students are exposed to the use of technology for communicative purposes and are expected to make use of it strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing.
Grade 9: English 9 - (View the High School 9-12 link for more detailed information and reading lists)
Grade 10: English 10 - (View the High School 9-12 link for more detailed information and reading lists)
Grade 11: English 11 or IB English Year 1 - (View the High School 9-12 link for more detailed information and reading lists)
Grade 12: English 12 (also with an AP English Language Option) or IB English Year 2 - (View the High School 9-12 link for more detailed information and reading lists)
Electives: Journalism I,II and III; Creative Writing I, II, and III;ACT/SAT Verbal Prep
Regents: English - 11th Grade
Advanced Placement: AP Language and Composition - 12th Grade
International Baccalaureate: IB Internal and External Assessments - 11th &12th Grade
Jaimie Kanter, Ed.D.
Director of English Language Arts