Aligned with Connecticut Core Standards, English Language Arts (ELA) emphasizes the interconnected nature of reading and writing. The department’s mission is to prepare students to live meaningful lives as productive and literate citizens. To realize this mission, the department offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum that provides students with multiple and varied opportunities to read, analyze, and critique quality texts; develop the processes, traits, and craft of writing; contribute to civil discourse; and engage in individual and collaborative inquiry into the habits of effective readers and writers and the elements of quality texts
In grades 6-12, the Department focuses on supporting students in uncovering disciplinary ways of using language including reading, writing, speaking and listening in the content of English.
In grades K-5, students are engaged in an interdisciplinary curriculum aligned to the Connecticut Core K-2 Literacy standards. Click here to learn more about the K-5 Literacy curriculum.
CT State Department of Education – English Language Arts resources and links from the CSDE site
The Digital Classroom Site – The Digital Classroom Site run by the National Archives and Records Administration has primary sources, activities and training for educators and students aimed at encouraging learners at all levels to use archival materials in the classroom.
The Library of Congress – Users can search the catalog of the Library. Includes an online gallery, Kids and families section, and calendars of news and events at the Library.