• Welcome to English/English Language Arts!

    Susan Chester, K-12 Supervisor of Humanities

    914-793-6130, ext. 4284


    Curriculum Overview
    Eastchester teachers develop curricula at each grade level aligned to the NYS Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards.  These standards include grade level expectations for reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as defining "lifelong practices" and "advanced literacies."  Please visit this site for additional information: 


    Elementary English Language Arts, K-5
    Students experience read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading to build comprehension and fluency, strengthen phonological and phonemic awareness (K-2), practice phonics skills and word recognition (2-5), in increase vocabulary.  In grades K-3, the Wonders Literacy Program is utilized.
    Students experience shared, guided, and independent writing, as they write across genres for multiple purposes.

    Required Assessments:
    Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 take the NYS English Language Arts Assessment in the spring.

    Middle School English, 6-8
    Students experience whole class novels, book clubs, and independent reading across a variety of genres as their reading skills become more sophisticated.  More focus is placed on identifying literary themes, citing relevant textual evidence, and evaluating an author's arugment or point of view. 

    Students experince a range of writing in response to text, including literary essay, character analysis, and synthesizing across multiple texts.

    Required Assessments:
    Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 take the NYS English Language Arts Assessment in the spring.

    High School English, 9-12 
    Reading & Writing:
    Students improve their critical thinking skills through the study of classic, traditional, and contemporary literature.  The repertoire of literature engages students in critical analysis of meaning, form, style, and structure.  Students write analytic and creative pieces to  focus on the importance of meaning, organization, development, language use, adn conventions.  Students read across multiple genres to synthesize information, make meaning, and determine authorial intent. 

    Required Assessment:
    Students take the NYS Common Core Regents Exam at the end of 11th grade.   

    High School Course Offerings:
    English 9, English 9 Honors
    English 10, English 10 Honors
    English 11, AP English Language & Composition
    English 12, AP English Literature
    Film & Literature, 21st Century Journalism, Creative Writing