200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Chairperson: Mr. Antonio S. Caruso
Phone: 724-934-7200, extension 7461
A comprehensive English Language Arts experience allows students to effectively integrate knowledge of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing to produce high levels of synthesized work (Levande). Indeed, the application of high levels of skill in English Language Arts has the ability to transform the world. Whether written or spoken, words have the potential to inform and inspire. In his I Have A Dream speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was able to address the concepts of freedom and equality that continue to influence our society today. Comprised of approximately 250 words, The Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, was one of the most important speeches in United States History and still serves to inform, inspire, and direct. Writers such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, and John Steinbeck have had just as profound an impact. A rich English Language Arts experience provides students with the foundation to influence their world in the same manner.
“To read is to empower
In the North Allegheny School District Strategic Plan, Strategy Two states, “We will deliver and continuously improve a comprehensive, sequential, and challenging curriculum that meets the needs of all students enhanced by a full range of co-curricular and extra curricular activities.” As the largest Department in the
“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”
- W.B. Yeats
The demands of a digital environment require students to process and distill an overwhelming amount of information. Not only must students possess the knowledge and skill to successfully engage in formal communication such as letters, essays, speeches, and resumes, but also in a variety of digital mediums such as email, text messaging, electronic discussion boards, and blogs. The competencies obtained in English Language Arts allow students to access and evaluate the infinite knowledge readily available in the digital world. At the most fundamental level, delivery of the English Language Arts curriculum provides instruction in the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening which serve as the foundation for effective oral and written communication. At the highest level, the extension and integration of these basic skills allow students to analyze, synthesize, inform, persuade, and successfully interact within a global community.
“Surviving and thriving as a professional today demands