English Language Arts
Manville’s English Language Arts program incorporates the learning standards from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks incorporating the Common Core standards. The program integrates the study of phonetic instruction, oral language, literature, writing and research. Students read literature from required authors, genres and cultures that are integrated across the curriculum.
Sequential, structured phonics lessons, drawn from various linguistic reading programs, assist students in gaining basic decoding skills. Manville incorporates spelling as part of the phonetic instructional process. Reading Specialists provide individual and small group tutorial services for students who need additional support in the areas of reading, spelling, and/or writing.
Writing instruction is integrated across subject areas and addresses important organizational pre-writing strategies in addition to content and grammar. Manville utilizes a structured writing program, which includes formal instruction in the creation and use of pre-writing graphic organizers as well as direct instruction in the use of sentence and paragraph templates for writing. Beginning with an emphasis on writing complete basic sentences and then utilizing expanded sentence formats, students progress to writing single paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays.