English Language Arts Department
The mission of the Penn Wood Middle School English Language Arts Department is to increase student achievement through setting clear goals, to establish standards-based curriculum aligned with authentic assessments, and to foster effective communication. The curriculum is not an end in itself, but a means of helping students to learn what is considered essential for preparing them to fulfill adult roles in society and realize their potential as individuals. The goal for each student is to become a self-directed, lifelong learner who analyzes the complexity and richness of the world.
Providing reading, writing, speaking, and listening opportunities in a variety of ways will promote the development of critical thinkers and literate citizens. Rigorous expectations are set as teachers employ the best instructional strategies to guide students through relevant experiences across curriculum and grades. Meaningful educational opportunities are based on appropriate learning levels frequently structured in student-centered instruction.
The mission is to empower all students to pursue their educational, career, goals by providing a relevant, engaging and challenging learning environment.