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Language Arts / Reading

[slideshow id=4]The Language Arts/Reading curriculum at St. Mary Parish School is developed on the belief that a learner needs to do reading and writing in order to learn. Our program is an integrated program of instruction in that good literature serves as a model for good writing and great literature begs a written response in a variety of ways.

St. Mary incorporates cross-curricular instruction/activities with technology whenever possible to provide students with a broad-based learning experience.

In grades K5 through 4th, the model of instruction springs from the use of an integrated program, which includes both basal text and language learning experiences based on the literature studied, as well as a study of particular authors and trade books at appropriate times.

In grades 5 through 8 the model of instruction is that of the Reader’s-Writer’s Workshop in which students proceed according to readiness along a continuum which defines grade level expectations in writing, mechanics, reading and literary skills.

St. Mary’s Language Arts/Reading curriculum involves:

  • Jolly Phonics program to develop basic skills for reading and writing
  • Literature-based reading program
  • Grade specific foundation in spelling through the Rebecca Sitton program
  • Cross-curricular writing lessons
  • Hands-on extended literature activities
  • Technology connected activities
  • Novel based/state-of-the-art literature series in middle school
  • Lessons designed around Common Core Standards

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