About the ELA Curriculum
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards in English Langauge Arts were adopted by the NJDOE in 2016 and adapted from the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science/Technical Subjects. The study of ELA is inherently interdisciplinary and requires the mastery and application of skills and in five main areas:
- Reading literature
- Reading informational texts
- Speaking and Listening
Kinnelon, as all districts in New Jersey, instructs students in English every year from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Being able to communicate fluently and clearly using a variety of modalities, techniques, tools and for varied audiences is expected of all students by the time they graduate.
In addition to traditional studies in literature, Kinnelon expects students to be able to understand and appreciate various genres - fictional and non-fictional, engage in scholarly research and writing in all disciplines, learn to actively listen and speak effectively in public settings, and use advanced vocabulary when appropriate.
Our students become effective readers, thoughtful writers and engaging speakers through methodical spiriling of skills with active, constructivist learning strategies, real-world application of skills and the effective use of technology.