English Language Arts Curriculum
The elementary language arts curriculum follows a balanced literacy approach with time spent on several components of reading and writing. These include: reading aloud, shared reading, close reading, guided reading, independent reading, writing ‘mini-lessons,’ writing and conferencing, and sharing. Reading standards provide grade level benchmarks on attitude, meaning construction, independent reading, book knowledge, word study and fluency. Writing standards are interrelated and address attitude, writing process, traits and genre.
At the secondary level, the TCAPS curriculum prepares students for success in post-graduate education and the workplace with an English language arts curriculum that is in complete alignment with the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Coursework engages students with broad reading and writing experiences that encompass literary, nonfiction literary and other informational texts. Added emphasis is placed on informational text comprehension and workplace reading/writing skills.