• English
    Chairperson: Mr. Antonio S. Caruso
    Building: NASH 
    Phone: 724-934-7200, extension 7461 
    Reading Program Grades K-8
    Department Philosophy 

    “No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.” 

                                                                    - W.B. Yeats


    Literature is a reflection of humanity that comes alive through the use of powerful language. Students need to be accomplished, enthusiastic, life-long readers enabling them to critically view the world, learn the universal lessons that literature teaches, and develop an understanding of human diversity. A thoughtful, critical reader is able to balance ideas, make sound decisions, and challenge perceptions. Beginning in the primary grades, critical reading skills are addressed through research-based instructional practices, a systematic and explicit sequence of instruction, and the use of a variety of genre. Through continued and increased exposure to various literary genres through the grade levels, students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the powerful impact of the written word.