English Language Arts

Welcome to the English Language Arts Department. We hope that this site will help you better understand our programs and course selections. For more information contact you child’s school or Counseling Center.

NYS Educational Learning Standards for English Language Arts

The New York State Education Department has established learning standards for English Language Arts denoting the skills and abilities each student should attain at various levels of his or her education—elementary, middle and high school levels.

South Colonie English Language Arts Department Curriculum

Elementary School English Language Arts Education

The Language Arts—reading, writing, listening and speaking—play a major role in the educational program of each elementary student. District goals and the New York State Learning Standards guide the Language Arts course of study.

In the elementary grades, students are expected to learn to read, write, listen and speak:

  • for information and understanding
  • for literary response and expression
  • for critical analysis and evaluation
  • for social interaction

In South Colonie, we strive to develop students’ skills in all modes of communication and to help students become proficient, enthusiastic literate individuals who will contribute to a global society. Literacy development is monitored through locally developed assessments, standardized, and state tests. The assessments developed locally provide a method for teachers to monitor ongoing progress through systematic observation. Teachers evaluate evidence of what a child already knows, understands, and is able to do. Information gathered in this manner will inform and guide instruction on increasingly difficult tasks.

Middle School English Language Arts Education

The goal of the Middle School English Language Arts program is to present students with English experiences based on National, New York State and South Colonie Standards.

High School English Education

High school students must complete 4 units in the English to complete the New York State’s requirements for earning a Regents or an Advanced Regents diploma.