Language Arts

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Albion Language Arts Teachers:

Emma Coates (Creative Writing 1 & 2, Debate, Exploratory Arts)

Erica Hall (Language Arts 8, 8H)

Stephanie Nasser (Language Arts 8, 8H)

Lacee Larson (Language Arts 7, 7H)

Chamane Monson (Language Arts 7, 7H)

Brittany Fielding (Language Arts 6, 6H)

Sofia Waugh (Language Arts 6, 6H)

Bridget Rees (Teacher Librarian)

Utah Secondary Language Arts Core 

Language is naturally acquired as a fundamental trait of humanness.  As we enter school, even though we may have had little formal language instruction, we characteristically have a secure knowledge of our language, constructed almost unconsciously.  The study and practice of language as a school content area involves the more focused examination of elements, structures, and functions in our language system.  We use the term “language arts” to reflect how we develop skills and apply strategies to “craft” language for particular purposes and specific effects.  We construct meaning from text we read or hear; we create intended meaning with text we write or speak. The intent of secondary language arts instruction is to empower students in their use of language to understand and investigate themselves, others, cultures, and the environment.  This involves developing students’ awareness of language purposes, their knowledge of the language elements and processes through which meaning is created, and their ability to evaluate meaning from different points of view.  It involves providing students with explicitly guided practice so they internalize more complex, sophisticated strategies as habits of mind.  It involves students’ reflective practice to recognize and value intricacies and idiosyncrasies of language meaning and effect.  It also involves their use of language to interpret and connect with the world and to develop their sense of civic responsibility within it. The Secondary Language Arts Core Curriculum emphasizes purposeful, strategic knowledge and processes in language applications.  Language arts students should be practitioners of language skills, including being able to form literate expressions about learning.