The Harford County English/language arts curriculum, kindergarten through grade twelve, is structured so that
the authentic relationships among reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the real world. In
positive learning environments, students strive to master developmental and sequential learning expectations
to become self-directed, productive life-long learners. In the elementary Integrated Language Arts program,
teachers model the processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking while integrating instruction which
supports appropriate expectations for the development of basic skills as well as higher level thinking and
learning skills. Teachers, students, and parents work collaboratively to accomplish instructional goals that
prepare students to move on to the middle school experience.
The middle school language arts program continues to focus on the development of student skills in the areas of
writing, listening, and speaking. Through an integrated, thematic approach, students explore the richness
of the human literacy experience. They refine basic skills and strive to accomplish a higher level of skill
development in all areas of the language arts. Instruction targets success for all students by the time they
leave middle school and enter high school.
High school English is a four-year, sequential program of study through which students earn credits toward
well as a broad selection of electives through which students enrich their learning experiences. Learning
expectations for high school students are aligned with the Maryland Core Learning Goals for English. As
undergoes revision, this alignment will be clarified and strengthened in order to support success on the
Maryland High School Assessments in English. Electives in drama, journalism, public speaking, humanities,
and creative writing offer students a variety of avenues for creative expression and authentic performance.
The high school program strives to prepare all students for success in college and the world of work.