The Braintree Public Schools' English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts ELA Frameworks. Throughout their studies in ELA, students learn the connections between reading and writing. They read as writers and write as readers in a variety of genres, including:
Students develop their skills in topic development, organization, and style as they master the grammar and conventions of the language.
Pre-Kindergarten Through 3
In grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3, the balanced literacy program provides a comprehensive approach to teaching reading and language arts. Through engaging whole class and small group activities students develop the five essential elements of reading:
- phonemic awareness
- text comprehension
As learners progress in our literacy program, they develop fourth and fifth grade literacy skills using authentic literature in reading and writing workshop.
Grades Six Through Eight
In grades six through eight, students participate in proficient or advanced cluster middle school English courses to further refine their reading and writing skills. Teachers engage students with real-world reading tasks and challenging writing assignments to prepare students for continued academic rigor and to promote smart study skills. In addition to English classes, all students participate in a writing development course sequence over grades seven and eight.
High School's English
Braintree High School's English department provides all students with the foundation they need for collegiate success. Students in grades nine through eleven take required courses in world and American literature with a specific focus on research, rhetorical analysis, and analytical writing. In grade twelve, all students choose from a menu of semester electives to further their study of specific genres and topics in literature. Some students elect to replace core eleventh and twelfth grade courses with a two-year sequence of Advanced Placement classes. Beyond the core curriculum, the department offers a four-year elective sequence in television production and broadcast journalism using the BCAM studio at BHS.