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Literacy

The Language Arts curriculum at EDS is taught explicitly as well as integrated into all other curriculum areas. 

Reading: Students in the lower grades learn to read in a developmental, leveled reading program which allows them to grow at their own pace while learning to love reading.  Students soon move toward reading to learn and branch out to read, and respond to, a variety of genres.  Teachers use a combination of the district adopted texts, leveled books, novels and non-fiction sources to provide students with a variety of reading materials. 

Writing begins in Kindergarten and is taught developmentally as students gain the physical and academic skills they need in order to write.  Even from Kindergarten, students are encouraged to write in all subject areas including math.  The writing curriculum provides students with structures, conventions, and content development as they begin to write longer paragraphs and then essays.  Each year we celebrate all of our students’ writing accomplishments with a school-wide Author’s Faire

Communication is an important skill for students to become productive citizens. At EDS, students at every grade level have daily opportunities to speak and listen to each other.  Cooperative learning strategies help students develop language and group problem- solving skills.  Students have multiple opportunities to present information to their classmates and in front of larger groups.  As they grow, they learn how to listen to each other,  provide appropriate feedback, and ask and respond to higher level questions.