Language Arts

Our Language Arts curriculum is based on award winning units from William & Mary College of Gifted Education, an inquiry-based approach, students explore and master language mechanics and literary analysis through novel study, poetry, creative writing, essays, journal writing and classic literature.


Lower Elementary, K-2nd 


In the lower elementary grades, readings are carefully selected for appropriate challenge, engagement and imagination. Readings include both stories and poetry for students to strengthen their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.  Lessons are designed to promote interpretative analysis, original thought and reflection through journal writing, creative writing, word study and thoughtful class discussion.


In addition, a progressive process of inquiry is taught as students move from a basic understanding of their readings to a more in-depth process of analysis and synthesis.  Beginning with an emphasis on self-expression, as students move through grades 1 and 2, greater emphasis is placed on writing structure, language mechanics, and figurative language- including simile, metaphor, and personification.



Upper Elementary, 3rd-5th 

In the upper elementary grades, students begin in-depth novel studies of appropriately challenging books. Through novel study units, students continue to strengthen their inquiry skills, writing skills and vocabulary with lessons that require investigative research and integrative reasoning. Continued development in creative writing, language study and oral communication is emphasized as students develop advanced reading comprehension and textual analysis skills.


Students also begin to learn important approaches and ideas of literary criticism.  Students practice researching and citing passages from literature to substantiate and defend their points of view.  Further integrative learning is gained through journal writing, literature webs, essays and visual projects.  To culminate the units, students lead presentations and class discussions in a dialoging format to share ideas, explore various perspectives and exchange well thought-out points of view.




Middle School, 6th-8th

As students progress through middle school they develop the skills to analyze, synthesize and substantiate more abstract concepts, themes, and structures found in classic literature. They increase their ability to analyze, interpret and cite passages by exploring great works of ancient and modern literature from around the world. Students learn to read these works within their historical and global contexts, and to compare literature across time periods and cultures.

Through interdisciplinary study, students continue to master research skills and persuasive writing. They build upon their written language skills through in-depth grammar and vocabulary study. Students also focus on developing their own voices through creative writing and personal projects.