• To transition students into the grades 6-12 component of the ACSD Literacy program, grade 6 students receive a double period (a block) of English Language Arts (ELA class).  In grade 6, teachers utilize the Scholastic Reading Inventory to identify Lexile levels, as a transition from the Fountas & Pinnell reading level systems familiar at the elementary levels.  In grades 7-12, students receive one period of ELA.  Arlington High School offers the following electives for students to take additional coursework in English: Contemporary Literature, Children's Literature, Gender in Literature, African-American Literature, War in Literature, Shakespeare, Poetry, Public Speaking, Confronting Critical Issues Through Literacy, and Graphic Novels (soon to be launched).  Arlington High School also offers Honors level, AP level, and College level courses in English.  Full descriptions of AHS courses can be found here.

     Teachers utilize textbook and tradebook resources to teach the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards.  Here are the grades 6-8 standards at a glance.  Here are the 9-12 standards at a glance.  Whole class novels, books clubs/literature circles, and independent, self-selected reading are all utilized as methods for reading engagement in ELA classes.  

     ACSD teachers have had opportunities to learn with the following authors and professional development specialists onsite (click on each icon to learn more):

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     To lead and support the implementation of the 6-12 ACSD Literacy program, there is a Coordinator in each secondary school:

  • Arlington High School
  • LaGrange Middle School
  • Union Vale Middle School
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