In general, the English/language arts program at CCCS emphasizes reading, writing, communications and critical thinking and research skills.
The English/language arts program is designed to give students a solid foundation in reading, writing, speaking and listening. A progressive, coordinated curriculum builds master skills through the grade levels so that students move from learning to read to reading to learn.
Emphasis is placed on grammar instruction and vocabulary development as the basis for writing and all communication skills. Vocabulary instruction is also integrated in all subjects through the study of words in context.
In reading, the focus is on developing and sharpening comprehension skills, exposure to a broad spectrum of genre and fostering a love for and an appreciation of literature. The reading program also aims at developing in students the habit of reading quality literature. Units of study in reading, especially in the upper grades, stress the development of critical reading skills and strategies and the use of research.
Especially in the middle school, a study of literature is pursued with emphasis on its critical analysis and its connection to the student’s life as well as the current time. Also in middle school, students have ample opportunities to analyze and evaluate complex texts. Opportunities are provided for students to analyze situations, synthesize solutions to problems and communicate their ideas orally or in writing.
While writing is emphasized in all subject areas, greatest emphasis is placed on the development of writing skills in the English/language arts curriculum. Students are taught to express their thoughts in writing in a clear and coherent manner. Throughout all grades, students experience the rigors of a writing program where they daily construct narrative, expository persuasive and informational writing pieces. Students are taught writing processes that organizes and maximizes what the student wants to communicate. The goal is for every student who graduates from CCCS to be equipped with the skills and strategies necessary for writing well-structured, well developed essays that communicate concepts clearly and in a way that is intellectually stimulating and inspirational to its readers.