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English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR)

Using the English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) TEKS as a foundation for literacy, the curriculum provides a study of various forms of literature using the Science of Teaching Reading and the Readers/Writers Workshop approach to promote autonomy and to meet the needs of individual students. Using the gradual release of instruction model, students are explicitly taught literacy skills during mini lessons using modeling and “think-alouds”. Students practice and apply literacy skills in classroom activities such as Literacy Circles, group projects, classroom discussions, and in written responses.  Using literary selections from multiple sources, students connect knowledge across the curriculum to build an understanding of cultural diversities and the complexities of our world. Through analysis and synthesis, students develop problem solving skills, fostering a life-long love of reading and writing.  Students create various forms of narrative writing, expository writing, persuasive writing, and analytical writing. 

For more information on the state requirements:  Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills