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English Department Goals

English Department Goals 2019-20

The English Department will promote learning of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) which have been established “to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life” (CCSS Initiative).


  • Students master all steps of the writing process to produce final drafts that are organized, concise, and logical.
  • Students develop critical thinking skills in order to synthesize information during class discussions, through research, and through independent projects.
  • Students improve communication skill through active engagement in a variety of activities that honor different learning styles.
  • Students appreciate literature from different traditions through close reading of texts, sharing their cultural heritages, and exploring historical periods.
  • Students develop academic literacy and proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing that will meet the demands of higher education.
  • Students actively engage in the learning process, both cooperatively and independently, in preparation for college, the workforce, and the global community. 

Other goals:

  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • Encourage student responsibility and parent involvement. 
  • Recruit qualified English teachers and develop new classes.
  • Engage parents and ESs in various trainings to support student learning.   
  • Support new ideas for learning.