• Middle School English Language Arts

  • Welcome to GUSD K-12 English Language Arts!

    The California Common Core State Standards are implemented to teach the five strands of literacy: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Language.  Our students become career and college ready through reading literary and informational texts critically and writing for informational, argumentative, and narrative purposes.  Listening and speaking skills are emphasized so that students communicate and express ideas effectively, as they learn the language conventions and vocabulary to write and speak clearly and concisely.  It is our goal to provide all students with a rigorous English Language Arts curriculum and powerful classroom instruction for their personal and professional success as lifelong learners.

    English Language Arts Parent Resources:

    The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy and the PTA Parent Guides to Student Success provide parents with what their children will be learning at each grade level and ways to help their children outside of school.

     Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- English Language Arts

     Parents' Guide to Student Success - Family Resources | National PTA

    Growth Mindset is the belief that all students have the ability to improve and grow.  The videos below explain the concept of Growth Mindset and its benefits for children. 

     Carol Dweck's Ted Talk, "The Power of Believing that You Can Improve"

     "How to Develop Growth Mindset in Kids" Video

    In implementing the California Common Core State Standards, educators are making important shifts in their instruction.  Through these shifts, educators are advancing instructional practices from the previous standards to the new common core state standards.  


    The California Common Core State Standards call for the following shifts:


    Shift 1 Balancing Informational & Literary Text 

    Shift 2 Knowledge in the Disciplines

    Shift 3 Staircase of Complexity 

    Shift 4 Text-based Answers 

    Shift 5 Writing from Sources 

    Shift 6 Academic Vocabulary


    Common Core Fundamental Shifts in English Language Arts/Literacy  a video narrated by Kate Gerson, a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund, describes the required skills and knowledge that will be implemented through the English Language Arts instructional shifts.

    Shifts for Students and Parentsa practical guide created by EngageNY, provides steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the Common Core State Standards.