English Language Arts

OLG School students experience a comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum that prepares them for living and learning in the 21st Century. They are offered an education that promotes critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration in all content areas along with technology skills and global competencies.

Demonstrate Independence

Students learn to comprehend and evaluate complex texts across a range of types and disciplines, and they can construct effective arguments and convey intricate or multifaceted information. Students learn to discern a speaker's key points, request clarification, and ask relevant questions. They build on others; ideas, articulate their own ideas and confirm they have been understood. They become self-directed learners, effectively seek out and using resources to assist them, including teachers, peers, and print and digital reference materials.


Build Strong Content Knowledge

Students establish a base of knowledge across a wide range of subject matter by engaging with works of quality and substance. They become proficient in new areas through research and study. They read purposefully and listen attentively to gain both general knowledge and discipline-specific expertise. They refine and share their knowledge through writing and speaking.


Respond to Varying Demands of Audience, Task, Purpose, and Discipline

Students adapt their communication in relation to audience, task, purpose, and discipline. They set and adjust purpose for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use as warranted by the task. They appreciate nuances, such as how the composition of an audience should affect tone when speaking and how the connotations of words affect meaning. They also know that different disciplines call for different types of evidence (e.g., documentary evidence in history, experimental evidence in science).


Comprehend and Critique

Students are engaged and open-minded—but discerning—readers and listeners. They work diligently to understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying, but they also question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and premises and assess the veracity of claims and the soundness of reasoning.


Value Evidence

Students cite specific evidence when offering an oral or written interpretation of a text. They use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking, making their reasoning clear to the reader or listener, and they constructively evaluate others’ use of evidence.


Use Technology and Digital Media Strategically and Capably

Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn through technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.

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