Language Arts instruction at Rawson Saunders engages students in reading, writing, speaking, and listening with a variety of genres and learning opportunities. Through our Language Arts program, our students become skillful inferential thinkers and capable, confident writers and speakers. All Language Arts teachers collaborate with our Academic Language Therapists (ALTs) to ensure that students are appropriately challenged and supported. Lively discussions, projects, and writing assignments in response to a range of genres enhance students’ vocabulary and critical thinking skills while cultivating a personal appreciation for literature.
Reading—Works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays enable students to engage with contemporary and classic literature across a great variety of genres. Both assigned and independent reading are completed with a focus on comprehension and literary analysis.
Vocabulary—Multisensory vocabulary instruction helps students discover meanings of words in an exciting and engaging way. Cross-curricular vocabulary is emphasized.
Writing—Writing is taught as a process. Students learn paragraph development, sequencing, and editing skills and compose expository, persuasive, descriptive, and narrative essays as well as research reports and creative writing projects. Effective writing is as important to success as reading, and clear, well-reasoned, logically structured, written communication is an essential skill. Our students have expansive minds and a lot to say! Through Language Arts, ALT, and the Writers’ Workshop, we encourage students to tap their creativity to become effective and articulate communicators as well as expressive and skillful writers.
Grammar—Grammar, usage, mechanics, and sentence structure are taught explicitly using a variety of hands-on activities to enhance memory and understanding.
Spelling—The Scientific Spelling program is taught in the students’ daily ALT sessions and supported in the Language Arts classroom. Students learn to apply reliable patterns and rules of the English language in their writing.
Technology—A variety of technology resources are integrated into the classroom to aid and augment student learning. The LA department works closely with the Technology Department to incorporate the latest in support resources to help students attain their academic goals and become more independent in their learning.