NS K-12 ELA Curriculum

K-12 ELA Curriculum


In April of 2012, North Smithfield Schools began the development of a K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum aligned with the Common Core State standards. Our teachers worked tirelessly in grade level/department teams, as well as, across and between grade levels to pinpoint instructional standards, expectations and instructional shifts from Grade Level Expectations to the Common Core State Standards. Our Common Core Task Force met regularly to review research and ensure that our curriculum development is articulated and aligned K-12. It was an enormous initiative and demonstrates the dedication of our teachers.
Our curriculum is designed based on the Parternership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Model Content Framework for ELA, organizing the standards into modules that include the knowledge and skills students will learn and apply throughout the year. PARCC is a consortium of 23 states working together to develop K-12 assessments based on the Common Core State Standards. The PARCC assessment will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.

ELA Mission Statement (developed by CCSS ELA Task Force)

North Smithfield School Department is committed to engaging and challenging all students in a rigorous K-12 ELA curriculum integrating reading, writing, listening, and speaking to ensure the continued success of all students in a global and technological society.

Philosophy (Developed by CCSS ELA Task Force)

In North Smithfield, we believe the English Language Arts Program will: 

• Establish clear and high expectations aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
• Provide high quality standards-based instruction for students, using best practices, analysis of available data, and a variety of assessment strategies.
• Encourage students to become confident and effective communicators, proficient readers, critical thinkers, and life-long learners.
• Provide students with opportunities and resources to develop English Language Arts skills they need to pursue college and career goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society.

The ELA curriculum documents include: standards, benchmarks, instructional strategies, resources, assessment information, curriculum maps, PARCC framework, units of study, and writing rubrics. 
To access our ELA curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards, hover over the 'Curriculum' tab (top left) then hover over 'NS K-12 ELA Curriculum' and select the grade level. The curriculum documents were organized using livebinders. Each tab holds critical documents essential to our programming. We will continue to refine and update the binders.