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    age Arts (ELA) Course Descriptions

    Middle School: The ELA courses for students in grades 7 and 8 at James Monroe High School are ELA 7 and ELA 8. Each of these foundational courses uses the Common Core Learning Standards to develop students' critical reading and writing skills. Students will closely read informational and literary texts of varied complexity, and seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading, writing and listening. Students will also develop proficiency in specific writing types, including argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative, with an emphasis on development, organization, and style. These courses are designed to prepare students for the literary and writing experiences they will encounter in high school, and to achieve proficiency on the NYS assessment which they will take in the spring. (A supplemental reading course may also be offered to students who need additional reading support.)

    High School: The ELA courses for students in grades 9 – 12 at James Monroe High School are English I, English II, English III, and English IV. Each course uses the Common Core Learning Standards to further enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier grades, but in more sophisticated ways at each grade level. In order for students to be college and career ready, they will engage in literary tasks that increase comprehension, and they will evaluate arguments by analyzing works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries. Additionally, students will complete writing tasks in which they will need to make inferences, construct arguments and analyses that can be defended with evidence gathered from complex literary and informational texts, and evaluate sources. In addition to promoting college and career readiness, these courses are designed to prepare students for the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core), which students will take at the end of English III. (Some students may also be given the opportunity to take Advanced Placement or elective literature courses, either based on teacher recommendation or student interest.)

Last Modified on May 24, 2017