The Language Arts Curriculum is focused around the four elements of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening; all aligned with the Ohio Learning Standards and Graded Course of Study of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Department of Education.
Grades K-2 utilize the Superkids Reading Series developed by The Rowland Reading Foundation.
Grades 3-5 use the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys Series. Grammar instruction takes place through Daily Oral Language editing exercises in grades 3-8 and teaches students valuable revision skills. Vocabulary, spelling and comprehension are taught in the context of literature presented in class. Teachers incorporate a variety of genres in the reading program, including selections from textbooks, novels, and current events.
Students in the upper grades are assigned independent books and are assessed through projects and reports. Responses to literature takes place through creative journaling, class discussion and formal writing. The writing process develops students’ critical thinking skills necessary to be a successful writer. Our literacy program, in conjunction with teacher collaboration, successfully meets the needs of each student fostering critical thinking by integrating technology into the curriculum and providing genuine learning experiences.
Students in fifth through eighth grade, practice writing skills through generating a personal narrative essay, explanatory essay, and a persuasive essay. By the end of the year, students master developing a thesis, creating topic sentences for various assignments, and building paragraphs with voice, organization, and formal sentence structures. Students through writing are able to apply grammar rules and skills practiced all year.
Conscientious reading skills such as fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are gained by reading novels, poetry, short stories, and informational texts. Students exercise citing textual evidence to support claims. Students also practice identifying the various components of a piece of writing, such as the main idea, author’s point of view, and the tone of the piece.
Students in the Jr. High have multiple opportunities to put their writing into practice and develop their literary voice and writing style before graduation. Students are given a variety of assignments to span each type of writing asked of them in high school. Notable projects include: generational studies, interdisciplinary thematic units, book reviews, and research and persuasive work including in-text citations and/or endnotes. During class, students are asked to connect what they read to past lessons and personal connections through annotations in addition to expressing their ideas clearly. Students practice peer editing, oral presentation, and formatting skills during class and at home.