English Language Arts

Elementary students reading books at their desk

In the Northshore School District, literacy instruction involves the integration of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking. Over time, the K-12 Literacy Pathway develops student ability to think, create, question, solve problems, and reflect in order to participate effectively in a democratic, multi-cultural society.

The NSD literacy plan along with the OSPI ELA Menu of Best Practices and the Common Core State Standards provide the foundational building blocks of a comprehensive literacy system:

  • Core instruction and interventions aligned to standards.
  • Assessments and data that support learning and teaching through early identification for additional literacy support and progress monitoring.
  • Professional learning opportunities to improve pedagogy and to support student literacy outcomes.

 

Standards

 

Core Instructional Materials

  • Grades K-5: 
    • Benchmark Literacy for Reading and Writing by Benchmark Education and Words Their Way by Pearson - adopted 2011. These programs are constructed to match the stair-step mastery of skills presented in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. 
  • Grades 6-8: 
    • SpringBoard by College Board - adopted 2014
  • Grades 9-12
    • Writing Analytically by Rosenwasser and Stephen - adopted 2015

 

Pathways

English Language Arts follows grade-specific content and standards for the pathway. Additional options for advanced courses and those aligned with the student's High School and Beyond Plan become available once in high school.

 

Assessments for Learning

  • District Assessments: Reading progress at the elementary and middle school levels is monitored using the i-Ready Reading Assessment according to the following schedule:

GrK: Winter and spring

Gr1-8: Fall, winter, and spring

  • To monitor student reading behaviors and fluent reading skills, Individual Running Records using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) are administered in grades K-5 based on student performance.
  • State Assessments: Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts each spring during the last 12 weeks of the school year.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • 4.0 credits English/Language Arts

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