English Language Arts Course of Study
The curriculum for English Language Arts in Mayfield is based on Ohio's New Learning Standards (ONLS). These standards were developed as part of a multi-state effort. The Ohio Achievement Assements measure a student's progress toward achieving these standards in grades 3 through 8. The Ohio Graduation Test measures achievement in grade 10. Passage of the OGT is a graduation requirement. For this reason, instruction in English Language Arts is closely aligned to the ONLS. You can access the standards at the link below.
Ohio New Learning Standards
Instructional Framework Grades K-8
The foundation of language arts instruction in the elementary and middle levels is literacy workshop.
The goals of Reading Workshop are to change the way we think and talk about texts and literature, to expand what it means to comprehend, and to develop novice readers’ abilities to manage the challenges of reading.
Readers need time to read and discuss texts, access to a wide variety of quality reading materials, choice in what they read, informative response to their efforts, and quality demonstrations of literate behaviors.Essential Components of literacy workshop include
- A literate environment
- Reading aloud
- Interactive discussions
- Extensive and intensive reading, including independent reading
- Explicit instruction
- Reading assessments
Writing Workshop creates an environment where students can acquire skills, along with fluency, confidence, and desire to see themselves as writers. Students are put in charge and are actively involved with creating their own texts. The writing workshop puts students on the spot and makes them responsible for their learning.
The three components that make up the writing workshop are the minilesson, writing time, and sharing. The minlessons are short, focused, and direct. This is a time for whole group instruction. Writing time is devoted to having students do actual writing. Students are rough drafting, planning, rereading, proofreading, or conferring with other students. While students are involved with writing, the teacher moves around the classroom, examining, complimenting, asking questions, or making suggestions. Sharing is when students have a special time to share their writing with the entire class. In the sharing sessions, the teacher coaches the students in how to give and receive response to each other is writing.