Secondary English/ Language Arts
“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy."
~ Los Angeles Times, “A Child Literacy Initiative”
Through study of the language arts, Alachua County students learn to read, write and think effectively with the goal of becoming positive contributors to society as a whole. Effective language arts educators provide varied and rich learning experiences, enabling the district’s students to consistently perform at the highest level.
The current Alachua County secondary language arts curriculum is based upon Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS). Within these standards, reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, language and literature competencies are integrated throughout students’ learning experiences. LAFS benchmarks are repeated as needed in course sequences. As students progress from one course to the next, increases should occur in the complexity of materials and tasks, as well as in the application of skills and strategies. Additionally,
* learning tasks and materials are differentiated based upon individual student needs
* students are taught reading strategies to assist them in constructing meaning from a variety of texts;
* and students acquire an extensive vocabulary through reading, discussion, listening, and word study.
News You Can Use
Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran launched a new back-to-school reading list of his and Florida’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham’s favorite reads for students and teachers to consider in the upcoming school year. The list is comprised of top-of-the-line literary recommendations, with world-renowned titles from experts that makes it the best reading list in the nation. Highlighting rich historical nonfiction, classical and popular literature, and thought-provoking Florida-based works, the list has been carefully curated to have all students vying to dive into books this school year.
Deadline: October 15
What stereotypes about teenagers do the adults you know seem to hold? How does the media portray people your age — whether you’re called Gen Z, iGen or anything else?
What can you show us from your own life, or the lives of those around you, that might help make that portrait more interesting, nuanced, complete or real?
In this contest we invite young people to take photographs that depict some aspect of teenage life that you think may be misunderstood, ignored or largely unknown, and, in a short artist’s statement, tell us why.
Please note: We will update this page with more detailed rules and the submission form on or before Sept. 4, 2019, the date when this contest officially opens.
Deadline: November 12, 2019
On The Learning Network, they invite teenagers to write about their opinions daily, but it’s only during their annual Editorial Cartoon Contest that they ask them to illustrate those ideas.
With this, their fifth annual Editorial Cartoon Contest, they are inviting students to channel their thoughts into images, with inspiration from New York Times cartoonists like Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song and from our 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 winners.
So if you have something to say about climate change, artificial intelligence, the NFL, immigration, college admissions or anything else The Times covers, try making an editorial cartoon that shows us what you think.
When you’re done, use the submission form below to enter the contest by Nov. 12. Our judges will then use this rubric (PDF) to select winners for publishing on The Learning Network.
Deadline: November 13, 2019
This contest is not open yet. Check back for details.
Do you have strong opinions about books, music, fashion, restaurants or TV shows? Are you a theater buff or a foodie?
If so, you’re in luck. We invite you to play critic and write an original review for our fifth annual Student Review Contest.
What can you choose? Anything that fits into a category of creative expression that The New York Times covers — from architecture to video games.
We do ask, however, that you pick something new to you. Part of the reason we are creating this contest is to encourage you to stretch your cultural imagination. So go see a local art, design or fashion show; explore a building; watch a movie or TV show or dance performance or play; listen to an album; read a book; play a game or eat in a restaurant that is novel and interesting to you.
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Look around you. See how your environment shapes the way you live and how you think about the world. Then write a poem or create a piece of art on what you discover. River of Words is an international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of Watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express themselves through poetry and art. The contest is open to any child in the world, 5-19 years of age.
Student access to textbook resources is available through Edutone.
- Middle School Reading: Perfection Learning
- Middle School Langauge Arts: Code X
- High School English: Collections
Other Online Resources
- Daily Grammar Workout
- Detailed defintions of common grammar terms.
- Fun, interaxtive exercises.
- Handouts, presentations, videos!!!
- How to Use This Site
- Every school day since 1998, they have offered fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com.
- High-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12.
- You can have your students use the site to explore new vocabulary on their own, or you can offer some structured vocab practice to support what you're teaching.
- One of the best ways to use the site is to integrate its vocab practice with texts your students are reading.
- Thousands of provided lists already on the site
- You can paste up to 100 pages of text into the site's List Builder, and it will give you a list of words. This is great when you want to create a list ahead of an assigned reading.
- This is an online tool used for teaching grammar, usage, mechanics and style to students in 4th through 12th grade.
- This resource also has Informative and Argumentative Writing lessons that teach claim, evidence, and reasoning, etc.
- Teachers can assign a variety of diagnostic and instructional materials to their students through NoRedInk.
- Students may also choose to work through the hundreds of activities in NoRedInk’s online independently.
- The majority of NoRedInk’s offerings are free to users, however the company does offer access to upgraded features through a paid subscription to NoRedInk Premium.
- Each Newsela text is offered at multiple tiers, for every student, no matter their level.
- Students can study the same content and learn at their own pace.
- Paired textsBuilt-in assessments.
- Aligned to Common Core standards
ReadWriteThink by National Council of Teachers of English
A library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance.
- Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
- free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Online Resources Available through myPortal.
Audio Book Cloud is an online audio book library collection. You have unlimited streaming access to the entire collection. Just click and listen.
BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, mathematics, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12. Our resources are flexible, research-based, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and are created by teachers, for teachers.
FSA Practice Tests are for students to become familiar with the Computer Based Testing system, functionality, and item types.
Gale Ed is a research site with thousands of articles on many areas of interest.
Khan Academy is a set of short lessons in the form of YouTube videos that help educate students.
PBS Learning Media offers phonemic awareness skills games and bilingual games.
The Learning Network offers rich and imaginative materials for teaching and learning using New York Times content.They offer new educational resources based on the articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, podcasts and graphics published in The New York Times – all for free.
TumbleBook Cloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! This database is a great option for adventurTumblous readers.
World Book is a full encyclopedia resource.