The goal of the Brevard Public Schools' English Language Arts (ELA) Program is to integrate instruction of reading, writing, grammar, and speaking & listening in order to develop and refine students' literacy.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for grades K-6 Florida Journeys Common Core is the district adopted English Language Arts textbook series. This program addresses all of the standards related to reading, writing, grammar, and speaking & listening. The instruction is systematic, balanced, and research-based, building success with every lesson that is introduced and reinforced. Foundational skills are built from kindergarten forward. Deep comprehension tasks include discussion about texts and writing in response to texts. The series provides quality texts, balancing literature and informational reading opportunities for students. Support for differentiated instruction is included.
Writing instruction in the Florida Journeys Common Core includes lessons on how to improve students' abilities in the writing process and in responding to what they have read. The standards-based curriculum follows a progression from kindergarten to sixth grade that develops writers who use the craft to learn, think, and communicate across the disciplines, stressing the linkage between writing and reading. These lessons follow a logical sequence to build students' confidence and skill. The qualities of writing are identified through the instruction of Six Traits (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Fluency, and Conventions) and are applied through process writing (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). This instruction is designed to produce mastery of oral and written communication.
The Spelling component for grades 1-6 of the Florida Journeys Common Core program will be used as the district adopted spelling curriculum. This component creates a connection to reading in using words that reflect the vocabulary, word study (etymology, morphology, and syllable types), and phonics components of the grade level texts.
Grammar is addressed in Florida Journeys Common Core via embedded lesson relating to writing. The authentic texts included in the textbook provide quality language for study of appropriate grammar and usage in a mentor text method.
In addition to the resources available in Florida Journeys Common Core, district-created documents are available for additional instruction in literacy.