ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
St. Luke’s School provides students with a solid language arts curriculum that develops a strong foundation in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Essential skills are fully integrated through all content areas and enable students to become effective readers, writers, speakers, communicators, and listeners. Teaching methods are differentiated in order to support the needs of all students. Literature circles, journal writing, process writing, book reports, book dioramas, class blogs, reading logs, Accelerated Reader, STAR testing, flexible reading/writing groups, and student-led portfolio conferences (grades 4-8) are just a few of the ways student learning is enhanced. Each classroom is a language-rich environment with access to a wide variety of print and non-print materials for reading and writing.
The focus of Language Arts at the preschool level is on developing expressive language, creating an awareness and understanding of the purpose of print, beginning letter recognition, and enjoyment of stories and books.
Students in grades kindergarten through grade eight use a basal reader/text or literature anthology (as of September 2015 McGraw Hill, Wonders was adopted, digital components will be live as of 2016) along with various literary texts, trade books, novels and informational texts of different reading levels, genres and topics to:
emphasize phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing style, grammar, usage, mechanics, listening, speaking, inquiry, and critical thinking
evaluate students both formally and informally through assessments, quizzes, homework, class discussion/participation, collection of written work, assessment of oral reading, teacher observations, and projects
Evaluations are intended as formative and summative measures of understanding and provide teachers with an opportunity to scaffold student learning. Collaborative planning, standardized testing results, and learning goals provide continuity of instruction to support student learning.