NORTH EAST ISD LANGUAGE ARTS PHILOSOPHY

"Language is not only a means of communication, it is a primary instrument of thought, a defining feature of culture, and an unmistakable mark of personal identity."Standards for the English Language Arts, NCTE and IRA

Language is the core of all relationships. It enables us to understand ourselves as unique individuals, to assimilate into a culture, and to merge with the larger body of mankind. Further, the language arts—reading and writing, listening and speaking, viewing and visually representing—empower us in the pursuit of a satisfying and productive life in school or at work, within the family or community.

Core Values:
Literacy
Critical thinking
Communication
Aesthetic appreciation
Lifelong commitment to learning


Core Purpose:
The role of the North East English Language Arts program is to foster an appreciation of language and literature and to develop students’ ability to think critically and communicate adeptly in a variety of forms and technologies. Appreciation of language and literature encompasses: comprehension of ideas and concepts; recognition of quality; awareness of the power and beauty of words; understanding of historical context; and acknowledgment of divergent and convergent points of view. 

Communicate adeptly means being able to: employ the conventions and mechanics of written language; convey clear messages using written and spoken language as well as technology; and understand and use language to achieve a specific purpose.

Critical Attributes:
In order to establish proficiency in all six language arts literacies, North East students will: engage in writing as a recursive process: thinking, drafting, editing, refining, sharing; express themselves articulately and concisely on a variety of topics; communicate messages in a variety of forms and technologies such as written reports, photographs, oral presentations, web pages, audio- and videotapes; apply knowledge of grammatical structures, usage, and conventions of language; read numerous forms of expression such as novels, poems, stories, essays, speeches, dramas, newspapers, journals, electronic texts, and other media; recognize literary characteristics of the various forms; interact with texts from different cultures and time periods; collaborate in groups or work independently to problem solve; evaluate their own and others’ products; research, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of sources; develop their own forms of expression to communicate ideas and concepts; select reading material in order to gain knowledge and discover, to develop skills and problem solve, to understand and take action, and to instill appreciation and enjoy reading for pleasure.

To prepare students to exhibit their knowledge and skills, NE English Language Arts teachers will: 
create a learning climate which honors risk-taking and allows students choice—of writing topics, modes of assessment, and of literature for study; design learning experiences involving language structures, usage, and conventions; provide a variety of ways students can demonstrate a broad range of language skills; and include opportunities for work with print and nonprint media.

NE English Language Arts teachers will: provide numerous effective models of classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction, including literary works from other cultures; establish the interconnectedness of reading and writing, listening and speaking, and viewing and representing;
incorporate appropriate real-world reading and writing experiences involving business and technical writing, newspapers and magazines, reports and proposals, letters, e-mail, and the Internet;
employ varied classroom structures, which may include interdisciplinary units; individual and small group activities; learning experiences based on real-world problems; reflective assessment; representational experiences (drawing, sketching, mapping, movement, drama, and music); and reading/writing workshops.