English Language Arts (ELA) | Mastery Charter School

ELA at Mastery

We nurture students’ literacy development by fostering identity, criticality, and skills. Our programming aims to build students’ knowledge of the world, instill a love of literacy, develop critical consciousness, and teach students the skills they need to work towards the eradication of injustice. Our lessons sharpen students’ ability to use texts as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. In other words, to see into a new world, see a reflection of their own lives, and become part of a world an author has created.

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113

ELA Teachers Across 24 Schools

26

ELA Teacher Leaders to support ELA Teachers

English Language Arts Courses At-a-Glance

Wheatley Reading & Writing

  • 90 minutes, 5 days/week + additional literacy block
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading and Writing.
  • Make meaning of complex texts that may be well above independent level – with increasing independence!
  • Develop background knowledge through intentional pairing of texts within units.
  • Develop and refine text-based writing skills.
  • Engage in an additional literacy block that meets readers where they are to improve ability to comprehend texts as well as to continue to build a love of reading and writing

Reading Centers (3rd-5th Grade)

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Literature Centers (6th-8th Grade)

    • Support students in all aspects of literacy and meet readers where they are to improve and support skills as readers.
    • Should incorporate a balance of activities designed to support and enhance the work done in the Wheatley content blocks and build a love of literature

  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Reading and Writing.
  • Make meaning of complex texts grade level texts.
  • Develop background knowledge through intentional pairing of texts within units.

Students read, write, and engage in discussion about a variety of rich texts and topics. Our common curriculum, SpringBoard ELA, supports college and career readiness by taking an integrated approach to ELA instruction that helps students at all learning levels strengthen their skills in reading and writing, speaking and listening, and critical thinking. In this daily class, teachers facilitate student-centered instruction aligned to grade level Common Core standards by engaging students in close reading, writing in various genres, and doing research. Over the course of high school, students will read and analyze a wide range of texts in genres including poetry, novels, plays, biographies, nonfiction narratives, speeches, and films. They also learn to write in forms including essays, personal narratives, argumentative texts such as editorials, and research papers.

  • 50 minutes, 5 days/week
  • Learn & apply grade-level Common Core standards for Writing and Language.
  • Develop and refine independent writing and research skills.

Freshman Writing Seminar is an introduction to the demands of high school writing that all Mastery students take in 9th grade. It serves as an additional block of literacy instruction to support student proficiency as independent writers. Teachers of this course use a series of Writing Workshops from SpringBoard ELA that offer guided experiences with each stage in the writing process. In each workshop, students write three separate texts: one constructed as a class with direct guidance from the teacher, one collaboratively constructed with peers and teacher support, and one written independently. Over the course of the year, students learn to write in a range of modes including analytical essays, poetry, argumentative essays, and research papers.

Wilson Just Words, Leveled Literacy Intervention, etc.

  • Varies by school, determined by RTII schedules
  • Provide targeted intervention for students reading below grade level.
  • Specific intervention program matched to student needs.

Honors

9th & 10th Grade English

AP

Literature & Language Offered

60

Hours of English PD Annually

Academic Program

Engaging and rigorous. Developing independence and critical thinking skills.

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