Below you will find the philosophy and mission statement for English and Language Arts for the Scituate Pubic Schools.
Philosophy of the English Department
It is the aim of the English Department to develop in students those powers of analysis, concentration, and communication which will enable them to achieve a heightened awareness of themselves, of others, and of the world around them. To realize this end, the department offers a curriculum designed to fit the needs of each student. The content in literature, language, composition and media arranged so as to encourage in each student the optimum growth of his or her reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking skills.
The Objectives of the English Department
To develop in each student the ability to write and to speak clearly, coherently, and cogently;
To develop to the fullest in each student his or her power of concentration and comprehension (especially with respect to listening and reading);
To teach each student to view himself or herself and the world critically through literature and the media.
To develop in each student an appreciation of literature as a reflection of a humanity we all share;
To develop in each student a sensitivity to and an appreciation of the English language.
Preliminary Drafts of ELA Curriculum
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Language Arts Mission Statement
The mission of the Language Arts curriculum is to develop in each student the basic skills needed to comprehend and communicate ideas. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking skills are the primary components of Language Arts instruction and are integrated throughout the curriculum. The content and instruction in Language Arts are designed to encourage each student to achieve his/her maximum potential in these areas. The Language Arts curriculum provides opportunities and instruction that will enable each student to:
Read for a variety of purposes
Learn about him/herself and others through literature
Appreciate literature as a reflection of our diverse society
Develop a sensitivity to and appreciation of the English language
Plan and write for a wide variety of purposes and audiences
Develop and apply higher order (critical) thinking skills.