English Language Arts

The whole language/writing process approach begins in the early childhood grades with a balanced literacy program centered on the Fundations and Wilson Reading for phonics, and Fauntas & Pinnell for the Level Reading Program.

The balanced literacy approach is reflected through the Writing Workshop instructional model which starts in the early childhood grades and continues through high school. The model views writing as an ongoing process.

The Shared Inquiry method of learning is another important component of Renaissance’s ELA instruction, as devised by The Great Books Foundation. Junior Great Books is embraced by all ELA classes at Renaissance, from K-12. Shared inquiry actively engages participants to search for answers to fundamental questions raised by a text.

This year we are also offering Honors English to 11th graders.