Stewartville Public Schools
English and Language Arts
Goal: Stewartville Public Schools will prepare students to share ideas, feelings, and information in various ways. Effective communication techniques taught in Language Arts classes and courses will teach our students to send and receive information in a clear, thoughtful manner and to use related knowledge and contexts to synthesize information into meangingful messages.
In the fall of 2010, the Scott Foresman Reading Street curriculum was implemented. This comprehensive reading series prioritizes the five core areas of reading instruction- phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension- across the grades. The new curriculum provides daily opportunities for whole-group, small-group, and independent activities for students. The instruction provides all students access to grade-level text and leveled readers. Weekly stories target new vocabulary and essential reading skills/strategies to guide students' comprehension. Language skills and spelling patterns are taught and are connected to the writing process. Scott Foresman's My Sidewalks curriculum is used as a reading intervention, for students requiring additional instruction and assistance in order to become more successful readers.
Middle School English
Middle school English explores all aspects of written and spoken communication. We currently are using the Collections textbook but supplement with a wide variety of outside resources and novels. Students learn how to use different sentence structures and techniques to adapt their writing for multiple purposes, including persuasive, narrative, and informative. They are provided opportunities to communicate their writing and their ideas orally through discussions, debates, poetry recitations, and speeches. Students are exposed to a variety of text including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A love of reading, writing, and speaking is encouraged and fostered through choice and opportunity.