English Guiding Principles
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.
- Literacy includes all of the skills necessary for effective reading, writing, critical thinking, and communicating in a variety of contexts.
- Effective literacy instruction should occur in all classrooms with students practicing reading, writing, critical thinking, and communicating skills specific to each subject.
- Guiding students toward independence in their literacy skills and tasks through a standards-aligned, cross-curricular approach is a priority.
- Students should engage with a wide variety of texts and topics that stretch their comprehension skills.
- Students should read and write every single day.
- Adept writers are able to appropriately tailor their messages to a variety of audiences and purposes
- 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.
- 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.
- Literacy is a collaborative endeavor and students should engage with each other and other authentic audiences to enrich their literacy experiences.
- 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.