Language

Atlas Learning Zone is designed to cater to each student’s individual learning needs. While Learning Activities require guided instruction from an adult, Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts, and Vocabulary lists are great for reinforcing specific skills or enabling independent exploration of a subject. Follow these helpful tips to make the most out of Atlas Learning Zone.

Curriculum

Overall Curriculum Expectations

Language development is central to studentsā€™ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.

Students are encouraged to learn to identify and explore multiple perspectives, question the messages in texts, and look at issues related to fairness, equity, and social justice as language is a fundamental element of identity and culture. In order to communicate their own ideas and opinions, students read and reflect on a rich variety of literary, informational, and media texts and begin to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others. If they see themselves and others in the texts they read and the oral and media works they engage in, they are able to feel the works connect to the world they live in and from there come to appreciate the nature and value of a diverse, multicultural society.

The language curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Media Literacy


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