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English Language Arts (ELA)

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.

  

 


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 English Language Arts Documents

The Spirals of Language Arts Florida Standards Booklet.pdf
The Spirals of Language Arts Florida Standards BookletUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Instructional Materials - Elementary.pdf
Instructional Materials - ElementaryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Reading Brochure.pdf
Reading BrochureUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
EffReadInst1.pdf
EffReadInst1Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

 English Language Arts Links

Brevard ELA Elementary Resources
Florida Center for Reading Research
Ideas for Helping Your Child with Reading
Just Read, Florida!
Just Read, Intervention Programs
Learning.com Keyboarding
National Council of Teachers of English
Project CRISS
Strategy Notebook
WCS Keyboarding

 Writing Documents

Mastering Sentence Craft.pdf
Mastering Sentence CraftUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Developing Sentence Imitation, Grade 4.pdf
Developing Sentence Imitation, Grade 4Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Developing Sentence Imitation, Grade 3.pdf
Developing Sentence Imitation, Grade 3Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Developing Sentence Imitation, Grade 2.pdf
Developing Sentence Imitation, Grade 2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Developing Ideas.pdf
Developing IdeasUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Developing The Craft.pdf
Developing The CraftUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Developing Artistic Writing.pdf
Developing Artistic WritingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Extreme Makeover 4th Grade.pdf
Extreme Makeover 4th GradeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Extreme Makeover 3rd Grade.pdf
Extreme Makeover 3rd GradeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Interventions
Effective intervention instruction does not require a specific program. Intervention instruction is targeted on a specific skill and provides explicit and fast-paced instruction incorporating multiple opportunities for guided practice. Intervention instruction does not replace a student’s initial reading instruction.

Schools utilize a wide number of supplemental intervention programs to promote student learning in the six components of reading which can be viewed on the Just Read, Florida website. http://www.justreadflorida.com/

The Florida Center for Reading Research literacy resources are free and accessible online to support student learning:

Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) Search Tool for Links to Instructional Materials http://www.fcrr.org/FAIR_Search_Tool/FAIR_Search_Tool.aspx

Empowering Teachers Intervention Lessons http://www.fcrr.org/assessment/ET/routines/routines.html

Contact:
Debbie Wood
Reading Facilitator
321.633.1000 ext. 342
wood.debbie@brevardschools.org

Contact:
Jennifer Cockrell
Elementary Language Arts Resource Teacher
321.633.1000 ext. 346
cockrell.jennifer@brevardschools.org

Contact:
Theresa Phelps

Elementary Writing Resource Teacher
321.633.1000 ext. 378
phelps.theresa@brevardschools.org

 

Contact:
Katie Hull
ELA Teacher Trainer
321.633.1000 ext. 392
hull.katie@brevardschools.org