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English/Language Arts

Overview Statement

Learning to read and reading to learn are two of the most important missions of childhood. Parents, community members, and teachers must all maximize their efforts to make certain that each child has the opportunity to experience the great gift of literacy. These efforts will ensure that each individual has the prospect of a life filled with possibilities and a future of literate interaction in the world. By providing children equal access to well-designed, organized, and systematic reading instruction in our schools, we can ensure  that students have the greatest possible chance at future academic excellence.

In order to be successful in reading and learning, students need to develop:

  • The skills and knowledge to understand how phonemes, or speech sounds, are connected to print;
  • The ability to decode unfamiliar words;
  • The ability to read fluently;
  • Sufficient background information and vocabulary to foster reading comprehension;
  • Appropriate active strategies to construct meaning from print;  and
  • A motivation to read.

OSPI Links

Washington State English Language Arts Standards

Instructional Resources

Trophies/Trofeos (Harcourt School Publishers) - Grades K-5

The district adopted the Trophies/Trofeos reading program in 2006. It was among three programs recommended by the state of Washington after a careful review of resources available at that time.  Our teachers have been using the materials for their reading instruction since the Fall of 2006 and have participated in numerous professional development sessions to help them use the program more effectively.  It is available in English (Trophies) and Spanish (Trofeos).  See the links below for more information on the program.

* Note that there are also other specialized curriculum materials available for students needing additional assistance in the goal of reading at grade level, based on their area of need.

McDougal Littell Literature - Grades 6-12

The adopted reading/language arts curriculum for grades 6-12 is McDougal Littell Literature (Copyright 2008).  For more information on each of the texts and online resources, please use the following links.

 * Note that there are also other specialized curriculum materials available for students needing additional assistance in the goal of reading at grade level, based on their area of need.

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