English Language Arts
The Mount Vernon City School District English Language Arts (ELA) department at the secondary level emphasizes the development of critical reading skills. A variety of literature and informational text of steadily increasing sophistication is used. Through close reading, critical writing, class discussions, and presentations, students deepen their ability to analyze, evaluate, and critique text independently. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening. The development of specific writing types; arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience will also be emphasized. Lastly, vocabulary development is taught throughout the year to strengthen student comprehension. Technology is used thoughtfully to enhance and integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. Finally, we are preparing our students for high school reading and writing competencies. This course fulfills the middle school English requirement.
I-Ready Assessment Program This important part of our Data Driven Instruction(DDI) initiative helps students and teachers focus on where students can experience maximum growth during the school year.