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English Language Arts

The King Open English Language Arts objective is to support effective literacy instruction in all of our classrooms and to ensure high achievement for all students. To achieve these goals the school, is aligned with the Cambridge Public Schools department of English Language Arts which has developed and continues to implement: a comprehensive assessment system with data collection, an effective, supplemental intervention program, targeted professional development at both the district and the school level and individual and cluster coaching in each school. The English Language Arts curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and includes experiences using a wide-range of rich literature and a variety of genres. This purposeful approach to excellence in literacy learning fosters self-confidence, encourages independence and enables our students to become life-long readers and writers.

Curriculum Resources
The following English language arts resources and programs are used to support instruction at King Open:

Resources
  • Cambridge Public Schools English Language Arts Assessments
  • King Open Literacy Leadership Team
  • King Open recommended scope and sequence for spelling and word study, Gr. K-5
  • King Open recommended strategies for teaching Writing About Reading, Gr. K-5
Programs
  • Literacy Collaborative Balanced Literacy Framework
  • Lucy Calkins Units of Study
  • Fundations Gr. 1 & 2
  • Reading Recovery
  • Leveled Literacy Instruction

Instructional Strategies
Instructional expectations for English language arts at the King Open emphasize the following:

  • A workshop structure
  • Direct instruction of skills and concepts
  • Clearly stated goals for lessons
  • Check for understanding
  • Feedback to students
  • Differentiated instruction