• ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
    INSTRUCTIONAL PHILOSOPHY
  • Students and Teacher in ELA Classroom The Pittsburgh Public Schools ELA program provides all students with a high quality, research validated, standards-driven resources. We believe that literacy represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. The key to literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

    We believe it is essential for the teaching of literacy to include a balance of reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities with a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Literacy instruction is to be instructed in the context of authentic literature and involve interaction of the students, teacher, and peers with a variety of text types. At its best, this instruction happens by using a blend of small group, whole group, and individual instruction. To meet the needs of every learner, teachers need to scaffold student learning to ensure students are learning rigorous curriculum at their zone of proximal development. We take pride in developing our teachers to be reflective in their practice and stay current in best practices of literacy instruction.

Standards


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K-5 ELA Standards
6-12 ELA Standards

Interventions


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Elementary School ELA Interventions
iLit45
iLit20
iRead

Middle School ELA Interventions
System 44
READ 180
iLit20

High School ELA Interventions
System 44
READ 180
Edmentum


Grade Level Materials


A collection of materials that can expected for each grade level and course. Click links below to be redirected to external websites.

K–5: ReadyGen (Login Required)

Elements of Literature
Grade 6 (Introductory Course)
Grade 7 (First Course)
Grade 8 (Second Course)

Language of Literature
English 1, Grade 9
English 2, Grade 10
English 3, Grade 11
English 4, Grade 12


9-12 Rubrics
Argumentative Writing Rubrics
Classroom Assignment Rubric
Group Presentation Rubric
Analysis Rubric
Informational/Explanatory Rubric
Narrative Writing Rubric
Speaking and Listening Rubric
Writer Rubric Student Self-Assessment
Keystone Scoring Guidelines

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Parent and Student Resources


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Staff Resources


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