English/Language Arts

Teacher reading to students

Our mission is to develop independent, strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators. 

Instructional Approach

The HCPS literacy program is aligned with the Virginia Department of Education English Standards of Learning which includes standards in the larger domains of reading, writing, communication, and research. Literacy instruction in HCPS centers on the components of effective literacy development. These include phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension as identified by the National Reading Panel (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD] 2000) as well as writing and oral language development.

Recognizing the complexity of literacy development and instruction, HCPS takes a comprehensive approach to literacy education. Through this approach, students receive instruction using a variety of evidence-based instructional methods. This approach enables teachers to address the VDOE Standards of Learning and ensure that instruction aligns with the HCPS Learning Model.

Guiding Standards

Approved Instructional Resources

HCPS students receive direct instruction in reading, writing, and language development daily within an evidence-supported instructional framework. To meet the needs of the wide variety of all learners, teachers use a reading and writing workshop structure. Inherent in this structure, teachers employ a variety of evidence-based instructional methods to maximize learning for individuals. Instructional methodologies include providing systematic, explicit instruction using a variety of materials, as well as opportunities for guided and independent practice, in whole group, small group, and one-on-one settings.

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Jan Collins, English/Language Arts Specialist
Elizabeth Clark, English/Language Arts Coordinator

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