ECS Elementary English Language Arts
All grades at Endeavor Charter School follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS), which is a set of high-quality academic standards for English language arts/literacy (ELA). The standards focus on core concepts and procedures starting in the early grades, which gives teachers the time needed to teach them and gives students the time needed to master them. These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life.
In ELA (English Language Arts) classes, students at Endeavor will be taught reading and writing as separate, but equally essential skills. In reading classes, students are challenged at their level of performance. In addition to challenging class work, students in grades K-5 participate in iReady assessments and remediation to support their growth in all aspects of reading. Students in grade 3 are subject to the Read to Achieve legislation. Students in all grades K-5 read a variety of literature and informational texts, seeking a depth of understanding which allows them to respond to the text verbally and in writing. In writing classes, students focus on three main types of writing: persuasive, explanatory, and narrative. At each grade, students follow a pattern of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and completing a final draft. Poetry is taught within the reading and writing classes, but writing poetry is an expectation of every grade and every subject. In addition, a focused study of grammar begins during the second half of first grade and continues through eighth grade.
Click on the link for detailed information on NCSCOS: Standards for ELA
You and your child’s teacher have a powerful goal in common – teaching your child to read! We want to make sure our students have the best possible instruction so they can all become readers. We would like you to partner with us in this journey – a journey that is based on effective practices that can be used at school and at home.
Each quarter you can look forward to a new volume of our reading newsletter focusing on a different literacy topic. The newsletters will include links to free resources and activities that you can use at home with your child.