• Teaching & Learning
    English Language Arts 

    Evelyn Hickman
    Supervisor Elementary (K-5)
    Dr. Michelle Picard
    Supervisor Secondary (6-12)
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    Elementary Curriculum

    The English Language Arts program provides a comprehensive program of studies in English language, writing, reading, and literature consistent with the VA Standards of Learning.  The elementary program supports developing reading, writing, and oral language skills. The middle school program builds on students’ comprehension skills and supports students as they become critical readers and writers.  The high school program continues to develop students’ writing and analysis skills and provides a survey of America, British and World Literature.  It also offers students opportunities to enhance their communication and media literacy skills through elective courses in creative writing, etymology, drama, journalism, newspaper journalism, photojournalism, and public speaking.

    The English Office provides support for educators to help students fulfill the following six statements:


    Students communicate and collaborate effectively in written and oral discourse in ever-changing, real world situations.

    Therefore, we will

    ·         develop active and involved listeners

    ·         teach students to self-advocate and ask for clarification

    ·         show students how to use appropriate language and diction for informal and formal situations

    ·         develop learning activities that encourage students to communicate in authentic contexts

    ·         provide opportunities for collaborative learning in research and other projects.


    Students think critically.

    Therefore, we will

    ·         provide opportunities to critically analyze language and media

    ·         teach processes for critical thinking and making informed decisions

    ·         show students how to refine their arguments based on new information.


    Students understand and respect multiple perspectives and cultures.

    Therefore, we will

    ·         explore literature that reflects many cultures

    ·         engage students in multiple perspectives and ideas.


    Students value and appreciate the power of language through reading and writing.

    Therefore, we will

    ·         provide opportunities for students to choose and engage in relevant and meaningful texts

    ·         provide opportunities for students to choose the audience and purpose for their writing.


    Students take on challenges and reflect on progress.

    Therefore, we will

    ·      provide opportunities for increased rigor in assignments

    ·      provide frequent opportunities for students to reflect on their growth as communicators.


    Students are well versed in technology tools used to help them communicate.

    Therefore, we will

    ·      integrate technology tools in our teaching and in student learning.


    Contact Information
    21000 Education Court
    Ashburn, Virginia 20148
    PH: (571) 252-1330
    FX: (571) 252-1633


Last Modified on August 30, 2019