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English Language Arts Instruction for the 21st Century


What is it?

Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Incorporation of 21st-century skills—such as communication, collaboration, information literacy, and media literacy—into a traditional English curriculum enhanced with critical thinking and problem solving opportunities. Emphasis is on inquiry, analysis, and real world application. Curriculum includes integration of multiple disciplines: arts, mathematics, science, and history


Why is it necessary?

Global economies, new technologies, and exponential growth in information are transforming our society. Today's employees engage with a technology-driven, diverse, and quickly changing world.  English Language Arts teachers need to prepare students for this world with problem solving, collaboration, and analysis — as well as skills with word processing, software applications, hypertext, LCDs, Webcams, podcasts, smartboards, and social networking software — central to individual and community success.



CCHS English Department Program Elements


Textbook - MyPerspectives

  • Literature selections reflect diverse perspectives and provide for customized instruction
  • Essential Questions frame each unit
  • Whole group, small group and independent learning opportunities
  • Collaborative Learning: finding meaning, questioning, planning, critiquing
  • Consumable textbooks for annotations (book 1 for Fall, book 2 for Spring)
  • Multimedia and digital resources
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College Preparation – Expository Readers and Writers Curriculum (ERWC)

All grade levels include ERWC units, the non-fiction centered reading, writing, speaking and listening program designed in conjunction with CSU Writing professors to adequately prepare students for writing success in college courses.


Project-Based Learning (PBL)

  • Student-centered
  • Hands-on
  • Inquiry-based
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Collaborative process
  • Thematic


Career Centered Learning

Personalized curriculum tailored around SLC themes and skill sets




National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE, 2018

Pearson Publishing

CSU Success

Buck Institute for Education