English Guiding Principles

  • English Vision

    Barrington 220 students will develop the ability to independently create meaning from a wide range of sources and texts and will use these new understandings to become more skillful, confident, and critical readers, writers, and communicators.

    Guiding Principles

    1. Literacy includes all of the skills necessary for effective reading, writing, critical thinking, and communicating in a variety of contexts.
    2. Effective literacy instruction should occur in all classrooms with students practicing reading, writing, critical thinking, and communicating skills specific to each subject.
    3. Guiding students toward independence in their literacy skills and tasks through a standards-aligned, cross-curricular approach is a priority.
    4. Students should engage with a wide variety of texts and topics that stretch their comprehension skills.
    5. Students should read and write every single day.
    6. Adept writers are able to appropriately tailor their messages to a variety of audiences and purposes
    7. Independent, self-selected reading is an essential part of any high-quality literacy program and will increase the motivation to read and foster a life-long love of reading.
    8. Explicit modeling of effective reading, writing, and communication skills for students on a continual basis and providing students with regular formative feedback on their progress are non-negotiable instructional practices.
    9. Literacy is a collaborative endeavor and students should engage with each other and other authentic audiences to enrich their literacy experiences.
    10. Effective readers, writers, and communicators employ meta-cognitive skills that make them aware of their own thinking in order to demonstrate a critical stance about and from a text.