Language

Atlas Learning Zone is designed to meet each student where they are on their learning journey. Learning Activities are comprehensive and require guided instruction from an adult, while Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts, and Vocabulary lists work well to reinforce specific skills or to enable independent exploration of a subject. Use these helpful tips to get the most from Atlas Learning Zone.

Curriculum

Overall Curriculum Expectations

Language development is at the core of students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be regarded as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the conviction that literacy is vital to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they require to achieve this goal.

Students gain language knowledge from their life experiences and prior knowledge. Language is a fundamental component of identity and culture. As students read and reflect on a rich variety of literary, informational, and media texts, they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, as well as the world around them. 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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