Language arts focuses on the development and improvement of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Our subject develops the skills involved in expressing ideas, both orally and written, as well as understanding the written and spoken ideas of other people. Language arts is all about assisting students in becoming successful as they communicate with others.
Our newly revised and strengthened curriculum will provide guidelines for teachers, students, and parents. These guidelines are called "Standards" and are based on best practices that have proven to be effective in high performing states and countries. Our new Georgia Performance Standards assure that skills taught in language arts classes throughout the state of Georgia are aligned with state and national standards. The state's language arts curriculum provides guidelines for instruction that help teachers, students, and parents know what topics must be covered and mastered in each year of school. The purpose of a rigorous language arts curriculum, guided by the new GPS, is to assist students in becoming successful readers, writers, speakers, listeners, critical viewers, and researchers as they apply, transfer and apply the strategies and skills they learn to all of their other classes.
The Cobb County language arts curriculum is designed to elicit evidence of students' language competencies through their writing products. Therefore, at each grade level, students produce developmentally appropriate pieces of writing. Students keep selected pieces of writing in a portfolio and often review their writings and reflect upon their personal growth as a young author. In the language arts classroom students will experience a balanced reading, writing and speaking program. The aim of a rigorous language arts program is to provide instruction that helps all students meet the standards that will not only prepare them for the next year of study but for life.
Mabry Middle School,
Language Arts Subject Area Coordinator
posted on: June 10, 2005