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Our Commitment to our
The teachers of Ridgeview’s English/
Language Arts Department are committed to our students’ success in becoming
literate, thoughtful communicators who are capable of controlling language effectively
as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich
world. As students make the transition through middle school, our
goal is to improve and refine their specific skills and strategies in reading,
writing, speaking, viewing, and listening through the study of language and
literature. The courses at each grade level are arranged in four
thematic units that expect that students will read, analyze and study a variety
of different genres related to each of the themes and complete required common
tasks. The common tasks focus primarily on the writing process,
highlighting the informative, persuasive, narrative and procedural
intents. Students have many opportunities to present their work
orally and through the medium of technology. Instruction in reading
and writing strategies, grammar and vocabulary is imbedded in each unit of
study. Students in our reading classes learn to personalize
effective reading strategies for understanding while they read increasingly
more complex and challenging novels, newspaper and magazine articles,
biographical essays and textbooks. When our students
transition to high school, they will be well on the way to being college and
Night coming soon!
MAP-R Grade-level Reading Benchmarks
Look Fors’ in the
English/Language Arts Classroom
- work individually, in pairs, in small groups,
and as a whole class. Student discourse is encouraged.
- engage in inquiry, discussions, and tasks that
focus on understanding and applying language and literature.
- use reading, writing speaking, listening and
viewing strategies, skills and processes to communicate.
- apply multiple strategies to construct meaning
about text they read, hear or view.
- use the vocabulary of language and literature
to express related ideas precisely as they speak and write.
- engage in in-class timed writings and writing
products that require the full writing process
- develop and apply their understanding of
grammar, language usage, and conventions in the context of literature and their own written and spoken
- develop deep understanding of varied and
essential vocabulary and apply their understanding in written and spoken
- use technology as tools to communicate
effectively and to manage information.
- monitor their own learning through journals,
logs, reflection, self-assessment and portfolios.