Language, as a cornerstone of thought, knowledge, and culture, is the primary way people communicate ideas and feelings. Language is a life-long resource for learning, enjoyment and understanding human experience. Language processes are interrelated and interdependent. Literacy develops best in a language-rich environment, where there is plenty of time for experience, interaction, reflection, and communication. Quality language instruction helps learners become literate by engaging them in purposeful work that encourages them to construct meaning and develop thinking.To view the Oregon Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, please click here.
Links to Curriculum/Course Content Descriptions:
Related Document: West Linn-Wilsonville English Language Arts Program Grades K-8
Course descriptions (content standards) are mirrored in the Oregon State Content & Benchmark Standards. The content standards are measured in the Oregon Statewide Assessments.
Links to High School Course Content Descriptions:
English 9 English 11 Honors Creative Writing I (formerly Writer's Workshop) English 10 AP English Lang/Composition Creative Writing II English 11 AP English Lit/Composition Adv Lit Study: Contemp Novel English 12 Adv Lit Study: Oregon Lit Journalism
Documents reflect the approved district course descriptions; however, actual course content and timeline may vary based on teacher and class needs. Course selection and sequencing may vary based on teacher recommendation and student interest. Not all courses may be offered every year or at both high schools.
Guiding Principles Indicators of
Instruction Related Documents Internet Resources
Environments rich in literacy experiences, resources, and models facilitate reading development.
Reading and writing develop together. Both are constructive processes.
Teaching & Literacy Development
Teachers play a vital role in the literacy development of children that they teach.
Technology does not reduce the need for thinking or for reading and writing. In fact, technology has the potential to increase and enhance literacy.
Related document: West Linn-Wilsonville English Language Arts Guiding Principles
(further description of above guiding principles and associated bibliography sources)
Teacher, student and environment combine to produce excellence in education. Attributes of each are summarized in the Classroom Indicators of Excellence document.Oregon Department of Education
- Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy
(Adopted October 2010 - student accountability begins 2014-2015)
- English Language Arts Grade-Level Foundations and Standards (grades K - 3)
- English Language Arts Grade-Level Standards (grades 4 - CIM)
- Oregon Department of Education - English Language Arts
Includes information regarding and/or links to: standards, curriculum and instruction, assessment, professional organizations
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English.
- Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)
- International Reading Association (IRA)
The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
- Oregon Reading Association (ORA)