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Mission Literacy Charts


Approved by faculty vote March 7, 2002

Brockton High School seeks to teach our students in a safe, supportive environment the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors necessary to become responsible and productive members of a diverse society. Instruction focuses on enabling students to demonstrate the literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, and reasoning and preparing them to participate actively as citizens in a technologically advanced society.

Brockton High School remains a comprehensive high school while establishing smaller learning communities. We meet the individual needs of our students by providing opportunities for them to fulfill their potential and by offering choices in accordance with their own aspirations. We are committed to enhancing intellectual and emotional connections among adults and students through a personalized approach in both instruction and interpersonal relationships. Our school encourages and fosters positive, working relationships with students, families and the community.

Each Brockton High School student will demonstrate
• literacy in reading: for content (both literal and inferential); to apply pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading strategies to all reading assignments; to research a topic; to gather information; to comprehend an argument; to determine the main idea of a passage; to understand a concept and construct meaning,
• literacy in writing: to take notes; to convey one's thinking in complete sentences; to compare and contrast; to write an open response; to describe an experiment, to report one's findings and conclusions; to generate a response to what one has read, viewed, or heard; to develop an expository essay with a formal structure,
• literacy in speaking: to convey one's thinking in complete sentences; to interpret a passage orally; to debate an issue; to participate in class discussion or a public forum; to make an oral presentation to an audience; to respond to what one has read, viewed, or heard; to communicate in a manner that allows one to be both heard and understood,
• literacy in reasoning: to create, interpret and explain a table, chart, or graph; to compute, interpret and explain numbers; to analyze and solve a word problem; to interpret and present statistics that support an argument or hypothesis; to identify, explain and make a prediction based on a pattern; to detect and explain the logic or fallacy in an argument or a solution; to use analogies and evidence to support one's thinking,
• self-expression by creatively synthesizing or combining concepts, things, information or elements to form a new and coherent whole,
• productive use and understanding of technology to obtain, exchange, evaluate and organize information,
• responsibility for one's own behaviors and actions,
• personal growth through self assessment, decision making and goal setting,
• appreciation, respect, and understanding of the similarities and differences among people,
• the ability to work cooperatively with others,
• the knowledge and skills necessary to participate responsibly in society and in the democratic process.

Brockton High School will
• provide curriculum and instruction designed to develop students' literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, and reasoning within all levels, grades, and disciplines,
• promote the development and use of " best practices" for effective instruction,
• provide access to the technology that supports teaching and learning,
• establish high academic standards and measure their attainment using a variety of assessments,
• provide for on-going evaluation and revision of existing courses and programs,
• provide an educational program that reflects local, state, and national standards,
• provide opportunities and resources to promote student success on local, state, and national assessment,
• provide a variety of enrichment programs and extracurricular activities designed to develop students' talents, creativity, and self-esteem,
• strive to meet the individual needs of our students by promoting greater personalization within the learning communities of the school,
• provide a safe, respectful, responsive, and inclusive learning environment that promotes physical, emotional, social and mental wellness,
• create a learning environment that models and reflects understanding and appreciation of all cultural identities,
• foster effective communication among staff, students, parents, families, and the community.



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