English Language Arts Education in Erie's Public Schools
Erie's Public Schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts reading, writing, speaking & listening, language and media & technology, ensuring that students graduate ready for success in higher education or the workforce.
ReadingIn reading, teachers guide students along a “staircase” of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school. Teachers also focus on the progressive development of reading comprehension so that students advancing through the grades are able to gain more from whatever they read.
Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.
The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of writing instruction in Erie's Public Schools, with opinion writing—a basic form of argument—extending down into the earliest grades. Research — both short, focused projects such as those commonly required in the workplace and longer term in depth research — is emphasized throughout the grade levels.
Speaking and Listening
Students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. An important focus of the speaking and listening instruction in Erie's Public Schools is academic discussion in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings.
Students grow their vocabularies through a mix of conversations, direct instruction, and reading. The standards will help students determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their repertoire of words and phrases. Teachers help prepare students for real life experience at college and in careers by focusing on using formal English in their writing and speaking.
Media and Technology
Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use both critical analysis and production of media are integrated throughout the K-12 curriculum.