English Language Arts
District 65 has a belief that all of its students are readers and writers and, as such, the District has aligned its work to Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. This highly rigorous program focuses on developing the skills of children in the areas of Reading for information, fiction reading, written expression, speaking, listening, and language development. Similar to the way that the Common Core State Standards are structured, the District believes that:
Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.
To learn more about our core instructional resources and our work with students in the area of English Language Arts please use the links below. (*Links below open in new window.)
- Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading - Kindergarten through Grade Five
- Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading - Middle Grades
- Units of Study for Writing - Kindergarten through Grade Eight
- Cursive Writing Instruction
- Handwriting Instruction
- Importance of At-Home Reading
- Letter Sound Instruction
- Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Enrichment Programming
For students who need additional support in the area of English Language Arts, there are programs offered through the the District’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) program and the District’s special education program both of which utilize curricular materials that supplement classroom learning and that align to the Illinois Learning Standards. In some situations, we use the Lucy Calkins Up the Ladder Series (link opens in new window) and in other situations we use a series of interventions and supports that help to build student understanding in the areas of reading and writing.