•  English Language Arts 6-12 Overview

    Blue Valley School District

  • The secondary communication arts program follows a solid elementary program in reading, writing, and communicating.  The following philosophy and position statements represent the tenets of the secondary communication arts courses. These documents outline the beliefs that guide the instruction in the classroom.

    The following Documents will give greater detail about our philosophies:

    Differentiation Practice Position Statement

    Board of Education Policy 4600


  • Course Information

    • All communication arts courses are skills-based.
    • Instruction and practice in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing are represented at each level with increasing skill complexity and performance expectations.
    • As students employ the "reading to learn" philosophy, they will be exposed to a variety of texts, authors, and cultures and will be taught multiple reading strategies.
    • The resources available include a balance of contemporary and classic literature, providing a wide range of materials. A district-wide adopted anthology is available for communication arts classes (excluding elective courses).
    • Studying literary terms, analyzing literature, responding to an author's message, in addition to other literary explorations, will occur with increasingly difficult material and with increasing sophistication.
    • The writing process (brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing) and the six-trait analytical model (ideas/content, voice, word choice, organization, sentence fluency, and coventions) will be utilized in each course.
    • Students will produce writing from a variety of modes (descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive) each year, although some courses may emphasize a particular mode.
    • The research process will be applied each year, increasing the skills to include all aspects of research.
    • Vocabulary and grammar development will accompany instruction at all levels.
    • Technology will be employed to enhance learning as appropriate.