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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) elementary reading/language arts program reflects the integrated nature of a balanced literacy program. The elementary reading program provides instruction in reading and word study, including phonics, and engagement in independent reading. The elementary language arts program encompasses writing instruction, which includes the teaching of the writing process, writer’s craft, conventions of language, including spelling, grammar, and independent writing. The processes of listening and speaking are integrated into all of the components of a comprehensive, balanced literacy program.
The goal of the secondary English Language Arts program is to create literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich world. Students will refine specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and will use these skills and strategies widely as tools for learning and reflection. Exploring a variety of texts, students will understand and appreciate language and literature as catalysts for deep thought and emotion.
The secondary English Language Arts program is founded on the following beliefs: