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Category: English

Literacy, PK3

Learning about literacy is a fundamental skill for all of our Lower School students. This is especially true for our Pre-Kindergarten three-year-olds. Within PK3, students are introduced to phonemic awareness authentically through daily classroom routines and activities. These include small group centers, one-on-one time with their teacher as well as learning different poems and songs to help promote letter recognition. For writing skills, PK3 students gain exposure to the Phonics units of st... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Literacy, JK

Building on skills learned in PK3, our Junior Kindergarten students focus on phonemic awareness authentically through daily classroom routines and activities. Additionally, they learn to recognize and spell snap words and high-frequency sight words, understand rhyming words, and express their learning through pictures and sentences in writing journals. Students also participate in morning meeting messages from teachers to students and daily read-aloud books and independent book choices. Commu... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Literacy, SK - Grade 4

In Senior Kindergarten through fourth grade, literacy skills are taught through the Reading and Writing Workshop model that all of Lausanne's Lower School teachers are trained in at the Columbia University Teachers College. This curriculum model incorporates mini-lessons where skills are explicitly taught through guided reading and writing groups, independent work time and conferring with a teacher and learning specialist. Reading workshop teaches reading and comprehension strategies... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 5

The 5th grade English curriculum integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Different genre novels are explored throughout the year, along with learning to write in that style: Historical fiction, realistic fiction, non-fiction, and Fantasy/Mythology. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewr... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 6

In sixth grade Language and Literature, students enhance their skills in four core areas: analysis, organization, producing text, and using language. We read four core texts: Wonder by RJ Palacio, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Outsiders by SE Hinton, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. With each of these texts, we explore themes of courage, kindness, loyalty, freedom, and the importance of staying true to yourself. Each book also focuses on the variety of ways you can be an upsta... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 7

Students in seventh grade Language & Literature focus on the four Language Arts components: writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students in this course are expected to do the following: engage in independent, self-selected readings as well as teacher-assigned readings; read for meaning and thematic analysis in literature; make associations and connections between literature and real-world concepts; learn to analyze different types of selections (such as short stories, novels, primar... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 8

Students in eighth grade Language & Literature focus on the concept of “big ideas” which takes them into lifelong adventures in learning that are both within and across disciplines and subjects. Four key ideas that have been identified as the framework for language and literature are communication, connections, creativity, and perspective, and four objectives are used to set standards for evaluation:  analyzing, organizing, producing text, and using language. In Language &... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP English SL

DP English Literature, Standard Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international-mindedness. Students who successfully compl... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP English HL

DP English Literature, Higher Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international mindedness. Students who successfully complet... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16