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.
Deadline: March 3, 2020
We invite students to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health that interests them, then write a 500-word explanation that will engage and enlighten readers.
Deadline: March 6, 2020
Entries for the 2020 Teen Creative Writing Contest will be accepted until Friday, March 6, with a formal reception held on Saturday, March 21. So bring in your poems and short stories!
There will be separate categories for middle and high schoolers, poetry and short stories, and you will have the opportunity to read your winning story (an excerpt) or poem aloud and receive a bound booklet of the entries that place. Students can submit up to 3 poems and 1 short story. Download the entry form or pick one up at any library branch. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: March 19, 2020
Research the history of the 1916 event locally known in Alachua County as the Newberry Six, in which six people were murdered as part of the Jim Crow era terror lynchings. Once contestants have had time to reflect on those events, they will select one of the six responmse options.
Deadline: April 12, 2020
The Gainesville Chapter of Veterans for Peace invites all students, K-12, in Alachua County to create and submit one original poem on the subject of peace and social justice. Last year's poetry book and the video of the poetry reading are available through the Veterans for Peace web site.
News You Can Use
Adoption and Implementation of the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking
On February 12, 2020, the State Board of Education amended Rule 6A-1.09401, Florida Administrative Code, Student Performance Standards, to adopt the B.E.S.T. Standards for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades K-12. These new standards are posted along with summary documents at www.fldoe.org/standardsreview.
A three-year implementation timeline was also presented at the State Board meeting. It has been updated for additional clarification.
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.
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.
Eastside High School Black History Month 2019
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.