M/J Language Arts 1
In M/J Language Arts 1, students will delve into texts that span the genres of narrative fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and informational texts to build reading, writing and thinking skills. Students will also develop their writing skills as they focus on the six traits while producing narrative, argumentative, and explanatory compositions, as well as creative pieces including poetry. The course concludes with students completing a full research report. With a strong emphasis on close reading instruction, writing and thinking activities, as well as speaking and listening tasks, this course will help students expand their understanding of literature while building 21st century skills. Multimedia and interactive elements are built into every lesson to ensure a high-level of student engagement.
Curriculum decisions for this course are guided by the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS). These standards were developed to provide clear and consistent goals for student learning and to ensure that students have the skills they need to be successful beyond high school. In addition to defining grade-level skills, the LAFS require that students be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. In order for curriculum to align to these standards, it must be both rigorous and relevant. It must also expose students to certain critical content. In language arts, that content includes high-quality contemporary works and the classics of literature. Students will be enriched as they expand their skills and confidence in English language arts through a comprehensive study.