Unlocking the written word is the key to so much of learning. Reading with comprehension is both a tool and an end in itself. The pleasure of reading can propel one into many worlds—past, present, and future. Encountering and appreciating great works of literature enables one to enter into a timeless dialogue of ideas with the generations of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The literate individual is also capable of clear, effective, and creative self-expression in writing.
The language arts curriculum includes studies in literature, writing, independent reading, vocabulary development and oral communication skills. Explicit skill and strategy instruction is continued in the middle grades. The literature selected represent a variety of cultures, styles and points of view.