CURRICULUM ADOPTION UPDATES:
6-12 Core English Language Arts Adoption for Fall 2022
Please see this document for an overview of the fall implementation and links to the units for each grade level for each quarter:
6-8 English Language Arts
Our work is to ensure every young person, regardless of geographic location, has the opportunity to acquire literacy and reading skills to reach their full potential and succeed at school and beyond. Instruction for all our students is in alignment with our Instructional Framework, and our core curriculum with embedded Common Core State Standards for Literacy. In addition, we believe that all PPS students must receive rich literacy experiences every year in every setting with every teacher, not merely in some years in some settings with some teachers.
Through their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA courses, students will craft and analyze texts, participate in discussion( civil discourse) and inquiry, and sharpen learning and thinking skills that they’ll apply across contexts, in-and-out of school settings. Our Advanced ELA courses offer students an additional level of academic challenge in literary analysis and text complexity to prepare them for Advanced Placement English courses in high school.
**May 2022** 6-8 English Language Arts Core Adoption Work
The Portland Public Schools Language Arts Team invites you to provide feedback on the grades 6-12 language arts curriculum vendors and materials that are currently in the field test phase. Please visit this page for details.
Our Current Programs
In grades 6 through 8, students continue to develop their communication and literacy skills through deep and meaningful interaction with a wide variety of texts. The aim of language arts classes throughout middle school is to support students as they learn to navigate a world teeming with information. During these three years, students will write and read across genres, practice key critical thinking skills and communicate with peers, teachers and the broader community using traditional and multimedia tools.
To learn more about the Big Ideas, Essential Questions and the standards that drive this learning, please visit our public curriculum site in Atlas.
In addition to the novels, essays, texts and activities hand-selected by Portland Public Schools teachers for their students, resources for supporting English Language Arts in grades 6-8 include:
“CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.”
“Inquiry By Design is committed to student-centered literacy and language learning marked by the reading, writing about, and discussion of content-rich, complex texts. We firmly believe that all students deserve—and even crave—real, meaningful, and relevant work. Hence, our motto: No fake work.quiry By Design is committed to student-centered literacy and language learning marked by the reading, writing about, and discussion of content-rich, complex texts. We firmly believe that all students deserve—and even crave—real, meaningful, and relevant work. Hence, our motto: No fake work.”