Program of Studies: English Language Arts

Program Mission/Purpose

Through a balanced approach to literacy, English Language Arts education in the Worcester Public Schools empowers students to think critically and strategically, communicate effectively, and fully support arguments. Students will read, comprehend, and critique a range of complex texts and media, write and present for various audiences and purposes, as well as develop habits of reading for enjoyment.

Overarching Evidence

Students will be able to read and comprehend a range of increasingly complex text in order to communicate ideas effectively in writing by using text-based evidence.

Course Offerings

Acad Lang Acq Lab A

Course Numbers: 10313 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory A: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will practice oral fluency skills and academic language that is necessary for oral presentations and public speaking. This course is designed for English Language Learners with weak oral fluency skills in Developing (EPL 3); Expanding (EPL 4); and Bridging (EPL 5) levels of English language proficiency.


Acad Lang Acq Lab A Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10323 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory A Pt 1: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their overall English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will receive targeted instruction to support their Listening and Speaking skills. Students actively work on practicing oral fluency skills and academic language that is required in oral presentations and a variety of public speaking exercises. This course is targeted to English language learners within the developing (EPL 3), expanding (EPL 4) and bridging (EPL 5) language proficiency levels with weaker oral fluency skills.


Acad Lang Acq Lab B

Course Numbers: 10333 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory B: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will practice their reading comprehension and integrated writing skills to support their overall literacy competence. This course is designed for English Language Learners with weak literacy skills in Developing (EPL 3); Expanding (EPL 4); and Bridging (EPL 5) levels of English language proficiency.


Acad Lang Acq Lab B Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10343 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory B Pt 1: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their overall English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will receive targeted instruction to support their overall literacy competence. Students actively work on practicing reading comprehension skills and integrated writing exercises, to improve the quality of their learning, of their written output and test taking. This course is targeted to English language learners within the developing (EPL 3), expanding (EPL 4) and bridging (EPL 5) language proficiency levels with weaker literacy skills.


Acad Lang Acq Lab C

Course Numbers: 10353 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory C: In this course, students will continue to learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will continue to practice their reading comprehension and integrated writing skills to support their overall literacy competence.


Acad Lang Acq Lab C Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10363 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Acad Lang Acq Lab D

Course Numbers: 10373 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Acad Lang Acq Lab D Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10383 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Lit I

Course Numbers: 10122 (1.00)(H) | 10129 (1.00)(H) | 10123 (1.00)(C) | 10124 (1.00)(C) | 10125 (1.00)(C) | 10126 (1.00)(C) | 10127 (1.00)(C) | 10128 (1.00)(C) | 10120 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy I: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading; discuss texts as a community of readers; and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will engage in activities that increase or improve reading comprehension, reading technique, vocabulary acquisition, and general literacy skills.


Academic Lit I – Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10132 (0.50)(H) | 10133 (0.50)(C) | 10134 (0.50)(C) | 10135 (0.50)(C) | 10136 (0.50)(C) | 10137 (0.50)(C) | 10138 (0.50)(C) | 10139 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy I - Pt 1: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading, discuss texts as a community of readers, and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will write to learn on a daily basis. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Academic Lit I – Pt 2

Course Numbers: 10142 (0.50)(H) | 10143 (0.50)(C) | 10144 (0.50)(C) | 10145 (0.50)(C) | 10146 (0.50)(C) | 10147 (0.50)(C) | 10148 (0.50)(C) | 10149 (0.50)(C) | 10140 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy I - Pt 2: In this course, students will continue to expand their reading strategies in order to increase fluency and comprehension of increasing rigorous fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will write to learn on a daily basis.


Academic Lit II

Course Numbers: 10152 (1.00)(H) | 10153 (1.00)(C) | 10154 (1.00)(C) | 10155 (1.00)(C) | 10156 (1.00)(C) | 10157 (1.00)(C) | 10158 (1.00)(C) | 10159 (1.00)(C) | 10150 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy II: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading, discuss texts as a community of readers, and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will engage in activities that increase or improve reading comprehension, reading technique, vocabulary acquisition, and general literacy skills.. Students will write to learn on a daily basis.


Academic Lit III

Course Numbers: 10162 (1.00)(H) | 10169 (1.00)(H) | 10163 (1.00)(C) | 10164 (1.00)(C) | 10165 (1.00)(C) | 10166 (1.00)(C) | 10167 (1.00)(C) | 10168 (1.00)(C) | 10160 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy III: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading, discuss texts as a community of readers, and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will engage in activities that increase or improve reading comprehension, reading technique, vocabulary acquisition, and general literacy skills.


Academic Lit IV

Course Numbers: 10172 (1.00)(H) | 10173 (1.00)(C) | 10174 (1.00)(C) | 10175 (1.00)(C) | 10176 (1.00)(C) | 10177 (1.00)(C) | 10178 (1.00)(C) | 10179 (1.00)(C) | 10170 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy IV: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading, discuss texts as a community of readers, and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will engage in activities that increase or improve reading comprehension, reading technique, vocabulary acquisition, and general literacy skills.


AP English Lang

Course Numbers: 10041 (1.00)(A)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Advanced Placement English Language and Composition: In this course, students will become critical readers of non-fiction prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts by skilled writers who compose for different purposes and audiences. Students will examine arguments in a variety of formats including speeches, founding documents, letters, and essays through the lens of the rhetorical triangle and learn to synthesize information to form well written arguments. As an Advanced Placement course, college level content will be covered. Students take the Advanced Placement Examination.



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