About Reading/English Language Arts

Elementary Reading and Language Arts

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.

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Secondary English


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.

Enduring Understandings

The secondary English Language Arts program is founded on the following beliefs:

  • Language is a powerful tool for expressing ideas, beliefs, and feelings.
  • Knowledge of language facilitates thought.
  • Readers, listeners, and viewers continually develop and apply strategies to construct meaning from increasingly complex and challenging texts.
  • Writers and speakers strategically use language to communicate for a variety of purposes.
  • Individuals need advanced literacy skills to participate actively and successfully in today’s demanding, information-based society.
  • Literature reveals the complexities of the world and human experience.

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