We form literate students who are prepared to meet the challenges of the world with strong critical thinking abilities. Through the studies of literature and communication, students master the standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Reading instruction begins with a strong phonetic base and focuses on the whole language experience. Students read novels, short texts, and content-rich nonfiction to build knowledge and gain comprehension skills. We have a reading specialist who aids in diagnosis, accommodations, and individualized instruction for students who need it.
Advanced readers also receive appropriate instruction. Students at All Saints typically read at, or above, their grade level. As they progress into our middle building, their work becomes more accelerated.
Language Arts expectations for students focus on writing and speaking to accurately communicate their ideas and feelings. Standard English grammar and usage are important life-skills. Writing of both fiction and expository material is taught, and correct spelling and legible handwriting contribute to these skills. A vocabulary, spelling, and grammar program is taught in grades K – 8 with middle building students learning Greek and Latin roots. Responsible use of computers in both the classroom and computer lab is taught to aid in writing, editing, and revising. See the Catholic Diocese of Spokane English Language Arts Standards for more information.