English Language Arts (ELA)
Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 believes in the importance of fostering balanced, rigorous, and inspiring literacy learning environments for students of all ages. As students engage in literacy-based experiences in a District 47 school, educators who view reading and writing as foundational pieces to all other types of learning support them. As students mature and progress academically, they are also immersed in literacy-based experiences that are joyful, personal, and inspiring.
As educators in District 47 nurture the minds and hearts of their students, they simultaneously engage them in dynamic literacy experiences that are authentic, rigorous, and multi-curricular. These experiences are planned and shaped in various English Language Arts (ELA) Units of Study that District 47 teachers, coaches, administrators, and directors have co-created. These units are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (known in Illinois as the New Illinois Learning Standards), and seek to merge reading, writing, listening, and speaking practices.The ELA Units of Study have been an ongoing project in District 47 since the 2013-2014 school year. These units are very in-depth, and have been built using various literacy-based resources and curriculums that District 47 has adopted. Great literacy education requires the use of numerous resources, and the ELA Units of Study reflect that. The major resources used to build the ELA Units of Study include, but are not limited to:
The ELA classroom is a dynamic, complicated, exciting, and at times, messy, place to be! As with any worthwhile endeavor, we are always seeking ways to improve what we believe is an already awesome structure of learning for our students. As we continue to revise and improve upon our ELA Units of Study, we will do everything in our power to encourage and inspire all our students to take risks, be themselves, respect others, love learning, and achieve the highest level of educational excellence possible.