In Frisco ISD, our English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) program is grounded in a balanced, integrated approach to instruction. Students read, write, and communicate on a daily basis. As students read a variety of complex texts across multiple genres they make real life connections and formulate their own perspectives. As students explore different types and styles of writing, they discover their own sense of voice to develop their writing skills. Through the use of multiple learning and instructional strategies, students acquire not only the knowledge and skills they need but also the confidence in their own abilities to learn and to communicate effectively in real-world situations.
ELAR instruction is grounded in our foundational beliefs:
Skills-Based - Instruction that is led by the TEKS and begins with what students need to know and be able to do.
Personalization - Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests--including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn.
Performance-Based Assessment - Application of knowledge and skills through the performance of assessment tasks that are meaningful and engaging to students and apply to “real-world situations.”
Backwards Design - Intentional design of curriculum by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment.
Balanced Literacy - Integration of various modalities of literacy instruction that is characterized by a balance of explicit skill instruction and the use of a variety of texts.
Growth Mindset - Belief that ability can be developed through hard work, embracing challenges, risk-taking, and perseverance in the face of failure.
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the standards in which we base our curriculum and instruction. The TEKS include knowledge and skills for reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking. Students become critical readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators, equipped to achieve success in college, career, and life through active participation in authentic classroom experiences.