The ELA curriculum at GCCS prepares students to be skillful, reflective, inquisitive, and expressive readers and writers. Reading and writing is typically integrated into the topic of the class’s current expedition. For example, when the class is studying issues of slavery and oppression, they may be developing reading skills by reading Frederick Douglass’s autobiography. When they are learning about the early warm seas that once covered western New York, they may be writing how-to pieces about the process of digging and identifying fossils. When they are investigating the impact of climate and geography on early people, they may prepare oral presentations that guide visitors through the museum’s dioramas of Native Americans of North America.
The Common Core State Standards for ELA guide teachers as they select texts, craft lessons, and design tasks and projects.