The curriculum philosophy of the Franklin Township Public Schools K-12 Language Arts Literacy department begins with the understanding that the ability to communicate effectively, which includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using technology are foundational and essential to all learning. As such, the language arts are the most critical skills for student achievement in all academic areas, as well as all areas of life. Therefore, the curriculum must be grounded in the belief that all students have the right to a Language Arts curriculum that is of the highest quality, based on the Common Core Standards, rigorous, differentiated to meet individual needs and insure student progress, and applicable to real life in the 21st century. The curriculum must be dynamic and relevant to insure that students are able to meet the increasing communication demands of our global society. The curriculum also must be grounded in the belief that all students are readers and writers and as such promotes life-long reading and writing.
To accomplish this, the Language Arts Literacy curriculum will:• Be grounded in the Common Core Standards• Be benchmarked by exemplars and rubrics• Include formative assessment used to drive instruction and differentiate• Insure students read and write daily• Appreciate and celebrate diversity, difference, and creativity• Incorporate best practices and current content knowledge• Explore big ideas and essential questions and promote enduring understandings that connect to real life applications• Integrate the creative and progressing nature of technology to engage and promote 21st century thinking and learning• Foster independence and interdisciplinary use of strategies learned in the language arts• Imbed oral communication and discussion skills• Contain real-world applications
We will know we have accomplished this when our students:• Are independent readers and writers able to communicate in a variety of contexts appropriately and effectively• Independently use strategies for reading, writing, speaking, listening, language and vocabulary across disciplines and life• Meet or exceed the grade-level benchmarks identified by the Common Core.• Are college and career ready• Think critically and globally and apply independent thinking
• Are able to access, use, and evaluate information critically and independently