Reading/English Language Arts
Program Philosophy, K-8
The Reading/English Language Arts Program of the Brockton Public Schools is structured to meet the Standards of the Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Framework. We adopt the belief that "the goal of an English Language Arts Curriculum is to teach learners how to reason and use language purposefully as they comprehend, construct and convey meaning."
Based on sound current research and best instructional practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the reading program at the elementary level combines systematic phonics with a system-wide core reading program, guided reading, and writing in all content areas. The core program and classroom instruction address the critical elements in reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. These components, with the opportunity to read a wide variety of genres of authentic literature from many different time periods and cultures, work in combination to create a balanced approach to literacy.
Instruction in the writing process is an essential part of the English/Language Arts Program. The writing content consists of characteristics of expository, narrative and analytical genre, composing skills and writing conventions. At the middle school level, the demands of reading and writing increase, therefore, reading and writing strategies are reinforced in all content areas by applying content literacy. Learners are taught how to engage in active reading strategies, as well as various methods of vocabulary development, to facilitate comprehension. They are also given daily opportunities to engage in the process of expanding their writing repertoire. With a consistent approach to writing guidelines across the curriculum, students in the Brockton Public Schools will attain the proficiency to write with clarity, coherence and personal engagement.
The goal of the Reading/English Language Arts Program of the Brockton Public Schools is to provide students with effective strategies and multiple learning opportunities to apply, reinforce, and demonstrate these strategies in order to meet the individual needs of students so they are able to participate as active citizens in a technologically advanced society.
English Program, 9-12 Philosophy
The English Program at Brockton High School is designed to develop student mastery in the integrated areas of reading and literature, language and composition, and oral communication.
The goals of fostering students' awareness of, appreciation for, proficiency with language and the varieties of its aesthetic expression are implicit in our planning. If we are successful in these aims, the implementation of the objectives in the English Program will
• assist students in exploring the values of their own and other cultures.
• develop students' ability to communicate in oral and written forms.
• develop an understanding and appreciation of literature as the aesthetic expression of history and the human condition.
• enable students to become independent learners, capable of synthesizing the knowledge they acquire from a variety of sources and initiating their own creative activities.
• enable students to develop an awareness and understanding of what they think, feel and value.
• increase students' sensitivity to and command of the language.